Eriek Verpale (b. 1952) made his literary debut in 1975 with a collection of poems. Only much later did he begin writing prose. Alles in het klein (Everything in Miniature, 1990), a charming and moving novel told in the form of letters and stories, was awarded the ncr Prize. In Olivetti 82 (1993) he describes the effects that winning this prize had on his career. Verpale has also published Nachten van Beiroet (Beirut Nights, 1994, poems), Onder vier ogen (Privately, 1992, an exchange of letters with fellow poet Luuk Gruwez) and the short story Grasland (Grassland, 1996).