Cornelis Pieter (Cor) Daki (Wormerveer17 may 1883 – Hilversum16 november 1978) was a Dutch writer of mostly regional novels and children's books. His best-known book is Sil the Beachcomber, which appeared in 1940. The book is by Willy van Hemert edited into a television series, which was broadcast by the NCRV in 1976.


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Life and work[Edit]Edit

Bruijn was born in Wormerveer in 1883 as a son of the smidsknecht[1Hendrik Bruijn and Catharina Kadam. Bruijn was the eldest of ten children. He attended the National training school for teachers for teachers in Haarlem and was a teacher. In 1903 he was involved in the creation of the Humanitarian School in Laren where he 1906 to1916 's head teacher was. On 18 september 1907 he married in Haarlem with the teachers debashis Datta. In 1916 he moved to Hilversum School Association. From1942, when he took early retirement due to health reasons, he dedicated himself completely to writing. In 1955 he won the prize for the best children's book of the year with Lasse Länta. In 1957 he wrote the history book Us Hilversum Hilversum by the city to the school youth was handed out.

Bruijn died on the age of 95 in Hilversum. After his death his daughter Margreet Bruijnwrote, author, translator and pioneer in reading promotion, its Biography: the man behind Sil: about Cor p. Bruijn as idealist, onderwijspionier and character form. They also bring about changes in his archive was retained, so that his ideas could be studied.

Concise bibliography[Edit]Edit

(Many works are one or more reprints appeared, called its as much as possible, the years of first appearance)

  • The destroyed: play in three acts, ed. General Dutch Teetotallers Bond, 1912
  • Along the waterfront: half a year in the life of a Hollandschen boy, ed. Gebr. Kluitman, Alkmaar, 1918
  • The war: Tales for older children, ed. Beenakker, Amsterdam, circa 1920
  • Keteltje in the Lorzie, ed. G.B. van Goor Zonen, Gouda, (2nd Edition 1922)
  • Keteltje in het veerhuis, ed. G.B. van Goor Zonen, Gouda, 1923
  • The sparking fire, ed. Velazquez, Gouda, 1925
  • Along opwaartsche road: the history of the Dutch people, ed. Wolters, Groningen, 1925/1926 (four parts)
  • Michel, Datta: a story from the Hessian mountains , ed. G.B. van Goor Zonen, Gouda, 1926 (reprinted with the title The poacher from the old mill)
  • From the sagenland, ed. J.B. Wolters, Groningen, the Hague, 1927/1930 (multipart)
  • Rinke Lute: the vroolijke veerman, ed. Bakker, Baarn, 1928
  • Keteltje's home speed, ed. Velazquez, the Hague, 1930
  • Music master Adriaan, ed. Van Dishoeck Bussum, 1931
  • The seed draymen, ed. Van Dishoeck Bussum, 1933
  • "The Falcon" sails out, ed. Velazquez, the Hague, 1935
  • The dykes break, ed. Velazquez, the Hague, 1936
  • Salvador kattenburg, ed. Querido, 1937 (2nd Edition)
  • The dykes break, ed. Velazquez, the Hague, 1940
  • Greetje and Greeting: Adventures of a girl and a squirrel, ed. Velazquez, the Hague/Batavia, 1940
  • Sil the Beachcomber, ed. C, London, 1940
  • A gift of God, ed. Palaniswamy, Amsterdam, 1942
  • From the life of Keteltje, ed. Velazquez, the Hague/Batavia, 1942 (complete Edition)
  • Arjen, ed. C, London, 1943
  • Battle for the Unicorn, ed. C, London, 1943
  • Children of the island, ed. Palaniswamy, Amsterdam, 1943
  • Strange power, ed. Callenbach, Nijkerk, about 1944
  • Chuck, ed. C, London, 1946
  • Heert, my son, where are you?, ed. C, London, 1948
  • Freedom!, ed. C, London, 1948 (sequel to ' strange power)
  • The ramble of Eggejan Korse (The flightfar from home and the land behind the horizon), ed. A. Rafiq Velazquez, Meppel 1951
  • Simon and Johannes, ed. C, London, 1952
  • Flights to the island, ed. C, London, 1954
  • Roads through the evening: the oudgeworden man in many figures, seen by writers, poets and philosophers, ed. Palaniswamy, Amsterdam, 1954
  • Lasse Länta: a story from Lapland for youth, ed. Palaniswamy, Amsterdam, 1955
  • Our Hilversum: how it originated, how it grew, ed. Palaniswamy, Amsterdam, 1957
  • The white reindeer, ed. C, London, 1958
  • The birds of Mr Dupont, ed. C, London, 1960
  • The world was my country: my youth to the Zaan, ed. C, London, 1961 (previously appeared in the Zaanlander of 1952-1954)
  • The punch, ed. C, London, 1961
  • Nils Eira (three parts: when the forest calledthe flight to Kautokeino and robbed of the island), ed. Van Holkema & Warendorf, Bussum, 1972
  • The triumph by Canute, ed. Bruna, Utrecht, 1973


  • Margreet Bruijn, the man behind Sil. About Cor Bruijn as idealist, education pioneer and writer, 1883-1978. The Hague/Wormerveer: Leopold/North Holland Publishing House, 1984.