Sometimes, we fail to see the value of a person when they are alive. Some of the most celebrated people are hated when they are active.
A user asked the forum, “Who is someone that’s beloved now but was surprisingly unpopular when they were alive?” Here are the top responses.
“While visiting the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, IL, I was shocked at how virulent the political cartoons and articles of that time were.”
You know, kinda saved the world from Nazis.”
“Emily Dikinson. She was rejected as a poet while alive, and now she’s in every American Literature textbook.”
VINCENT VAN GOGH
“Vincent Van Gogh. He wasn’t popular until his death.”
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
“JS Bach, towards the end of his life.”
JOHN KENNEDY TOOLE
“John Kennedy Toole. He couldn’t find anyone to print his novel and ended up taking his own life. Years later, his novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, published after his death, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981 and is still about as universally praised as a novel ever gets.”
“A little niche, but Ignaz Semmelweis is regarded as the father of hand washing in health fields. In his time, he was harshly ridiculed for suggesting the absurd notion that healthcare workers should clean their hands before delivering babies.”
More people wanted him dead than thought he was guilty! That is a hilarious level of ancient trolling.”
“Isaac Newton. he was a preppy d-bag.”
“John Keats. Called a failed poet in his day.”
“Cézanne. The locals thought his art was bad and banished him to the edge of town. They’d post abusive notes through his door.”
MARTIN LUTHER KING
“Martin Luther King Jr. White people *hated* him when he was still alive and said he was “hurting the civil rights cause.”
“Franz Kafka. All of his work became popular posthumously. He lived his entire life believing he was a failure as a man/son, because of his dad, and as an author.”
“Oscar Wilde. Dude died poor and alone because he was gay; now he is a celebrated author.”
“Louis Riel, if anyone from Canada is reading this. He would fit the ‘unpopular’ description rather than ‘unknown’. They led a rebellion in the 1880s and were executed for treason. Now revered and seen as a national founder.”
“Brad Nowell, lead singer for the band Sublime, which only ever released three albums but only became popular and acclaimed after their last album was released, and that was just a couple months after Nowell had a fatal OD.”
Some hated working with him because he was moody and would go off script (method acting). He passed away shortly before Rebel Without a Cause was released, and his popularity instantly grew.”
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