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Louis Couperus was born in the Hague in 1863. He was taken by his family to the Dutch East Indies where he remained until his father's death. Couperus settled in Italy after his marriage in 1891. He was a prolific novelist whose work has been compared with Thomas Hardy because of their mutual interest in the themes of fate and the relentless force of inherited tragedy. Couperus died of blood poisoning in 1923.