Eduard Douwes Dekker (2 March 1820 – 19 February 1887), better known by his pen name Multatuli (from Latin multa tulī, "I have suffered much"), was a Dutch writer best known for his satirical novel Max Havelaar (1860), which denounced the abuses of colonialism in the Dutch East Indies (today's Indonesia). He is considered one of the Netherlands' greatest authors.
Family and education
Eduard Douwes Dekker was born in Amsterdam, the fourth of five children of a Mennonite family: the other children were Catharina (1809-1849), Pieter Engel (1812-1861), Jan (1816-1864, grandfather of the politician Ernest Douwes Dekker), and Willem (1823-1840). His mother, Sietske Eeltjes Klein (sometimes written "Klijn"), was born at Ameland. His father, Engel Douwes Dekker, was a sea captain from the Zaan district of North Holland. Engel used the family names of both of his parents, Piete…Read more on Wikipedia