Gerard Reve’s (1923-2006) most widely read book is his first novel De avonden (The Evenings, 1947). The much reprinted and controversial epistolary books Op weg naar het einde (On My Way to the End, 1963) and Nader tot U (Nearer to Thee, 1966), in which Reve opened his heart about his homosexuality and his conversion to Catholicism, were instrumental in establishing the author as a public figure in the Netherlands. Over the years he published a large series of autobiographical epistolary books, and several novels: Oud en eenzaam (Old and Lonely, 1978), Moeder en Zoon (Mother and Son, 1980), Bezorgde Ouders (Parents Worry, 1989). Reve was awarded the P.C. Hooft Prize in 1968 and the Dutch Literature Prize (Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren) in 2001.