Edward Koster

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEdward Bernard•Koster
Used nameEdward•Koster
Born14 September 1861 in Holborn, England (GBR)
Died3 July 1937 in Den Haag (The Hague), Zuid-Holland (NED)
NOC Netherlands


Edward Bernard Koster was born in London but grew up in the Netherlands. He studied classical languages in Leiden and graduated with a thesis entitled Studia tragico-homerica. In 1897 Koster became a teacher in Den Haag. Although he wrote mainly nature poetry, the epic parts are more highly regarded. Koster also wrote studies on William Shakespeare and translated many of his works. He also translated many other classical works from Greek, Latin, Italian and German including Lessing’s Nathan the Wise. The Sportlied in het Stadion (Sports song in the stadium) was published in 1929 in the Journal “Nederland. Proza en poëzie van Nederlandsche auteurs”.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Art Competitions NED Edward Koster
Literature, Lyric Works, Open (Olympic) AC