The artistic activities of Charlotte Mutsaers (b. 1942), which include paintings, woodcuts and bookcovers, make her a curious and highly original figure. In recent years she has focused mainly on writing essays and prose. In 1988 she made her debut with De markiezin, a book of prose miniatures. For Kersebloed, an excellent collection of essays, Mutsaers was awarded the Greshoff Prize 1992. Similar collections followed under the titles Hazepeper and Paardejam. In 1994 her highly acclaimed novel Rachels rokje (Rachel’s Skirt) appeared. It was published in German by Hanser. Her latest novel is Koetsier Herfst (2008). Charlotte Mutsaers is considered to be one of the Netherlands’ most original, inventive and enchanting writers. In 2000 she was awarded the Constantijn Huygens Prize for her entire oeuvre.