Anton Korteweg is a poet and a scholar of Dutch literature. He studied comparative literature and Dutch in Leiden, and began working as a Dutch teacher and critic. In 1968, Korteweg made his debut as a poet in literary journal Tirade, and in 1971 he published his first book of poetry, Niks geen Romantic Agony. Among his many poetry collections is the recent Ouderen zijn het gelukkigst (2009). In 1986, he received the (first) A. Roland Holst-Penning for his entire oeuvre. From 1979 until his retirement in 2009, Korteweg was the director of the Dutch Letterkundig Museum in The Hague.