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Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe (1889) by Vincent van Gogh
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Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe (1889) by Vincent van Gogh

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The most beautiful loser of all is Vincent van Gogh, the archetypal failed artist who gained fame posthumously. Another is Marquis de Sade, who was incarcerated for most of his life. A third is Franz Kafka. Kafka's writing attracted little attention until after his death. During his lifetime, he published only a few short stories and never finished any of his novels, unless The Metamorphosis is considered a (short) novel. Prior to his death, Kafka wrote to his friend and literary executor Max Brod: "Dearest Max, my last request: Everything I leave behind me ... in the way of diaries, manuscripts, letters (my own and others'), sketches, and so on, [is] to be burned unread."

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