December 14, 2003 by

Dola de Jong

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Dorothea Rosalie “Dola” de Jong, an award-winning novelist, died on Nov. 19. Cause of death was not released. She was 92.
De Jong moved from the Netherlands to North Africa just before the Nazis invaded during World War II. Her father, stepmother and brother refused to flee; they were all killed. She then immigrated to America, and attained citizenship in 1947.
De Jong became an author and a linguist, fluent in English, French, German, Dutch, Flemish and Afrikaans. Her children’s books, “The Level Land” and “Return to the Level Land,” focused on the trials and tribulations of a Dutch family caught up in the Nazi invasion. Her literary novel, “The Tree and the Vine,” also focused on the war, but dealt with the subject from a lesbian couple’s point of view.
Although de Jong won the City of Amsterdam Literature Prize in 1947 for her novel, “And the Field Is the World,” which was republished in 1979 as “The Field,” she was best known for her mysteries. In 1963, she was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for her novel, “The House on Charlton Street.” A year later, she won the prize for “The Whirligig of Time.”
In her 70s, de Jong went back to school, and graduated from Empire State College in New York City. She also taught creative writing there for several years.

One Response to Dola de Jong

  1. C. Richardson

    Sometimes strange events occur in our lives.
    I am a library clerk and have been writing a
    WWII type romance book which begins in Holland
    and ends in America. I’ve been working on this
    for years. Recently, I purchased a donated
    book at my library by Dora DeLong; a blue
    hardcover book, “The Picture Story of Holland”
    published in 1946. I am so fond of the book
    since I’ve always loved everything about Holland
    and its people. I was born in 1941 on Nov. 19
    and after looking up Ms. DeJong on the internet
    see that she passed away on my birthday in 2003.
    I just checked out her two books, “The Field”
    and “The Wirligig of Time” and am so looking
    forward to reading them. She was no doubt
    a wonderful human being. Thank you for passing
    my thoughts on.

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