The Cult of the Counterculture: 17 Figures Who Were Unpopular in Their Lifetime But Are Now Revered
Often we undervalue someone in life, only to celebrate them after. Many beloved figures were once unpopular. "Who was disliked alive but loved now?" - top forum answers below.
“While visiting the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, IL, I was shocked at how virulent the political cartoons and articles of that time were.”
“Alan Turing. 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"John Kennedy Toole's unpublished novel led to his suicide. His posthumous novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and remains highly acclaimed."
"Ignaz Semmelweis, deemed the father of hand washing in healthcare, was once mocked for proposing doctors wash hands before delivering babies."
Death sentence passed by a larger jury majority than those who convicted him.
More wanted him dead than guilty!"
“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.”
"Unpopular yet now revered, Louis Riel led a rebellion in 1880s Canada, executed for treason, now seen as a national founder."
"Brad Nowell, Sublime's lead singer, gained popularity posthumously after a fatal OD, despite releasing only three albums."
"James Dean, known for his moody demeanor and tendency to improvise, gained popularity posthumously after Rebel Without a Cause."<
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