This is the second in our Early Underdogs series.
- I was born into a family in a traditional, stable business… not poor, but also not rich
- My father wanted me to enter the boring (but profitable) family business, but I had more artistic pursuits in mind
- I lost my mother in my teens
- I was forced to leave school at 16 and go live with a widowed, childless aunt
- Plagiarism was rampant, but the only route to commercial success during my early years. I refused to comply
- I joined the military briefly, but was dismissed after becoming ill
- I spent much of my early professional years laboring in near poverty and living on the benevolence of patrons
- I lost my wife and the mother of my children in her early 30s and when they were very young
- While my work was fairly commercial during my lifetime, it was often mocked and rejected by the elites
- I didn’t realize any substantial commercial success until I was approaching 50 years old
- I “realized” my biggest success posthumously
Do you know who I am? Submit your guesses in the comment section below.