Rick Honings (1984) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin and a lecturer at the University of Leiden. He recently published his PhD-thesis Geleerdheids zetel, Hollands roem! Het literaire leven in Leiden 1760-1860 (Leiden, 2011). He is currently working on a biography of the poet Willem Bilderdijk. He has published several articles on literary life in the Netherlands during the nineteenth century.