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Oscar Wilde

Caricatured as a monkey on the cover of Harper’s Weekly Referred to as an ‘animal’ by the National Republican “Unclean … poisonous,” “nasty … nauseous” (The London Daily Chronicle and...

Ignaz Semmelweiss

Mocked by the medical community for his advocacy of hand washing Institutionalized after a nervous breakdown Beaten by asylum guards and died 2 weeks later

Led Zeppelin

"... weak, unimaginative songs ... very dull"

Madeleine L'Engle

Published half a dozen novels to low sales and lukewarm reception Decided to quit writing at age 40 A Wrinkle In Time was rejected by 26 publishers

Fred Astaire

Can't act; slightly bald; can dance a little.

Oleg Losev

Discovered LED technology. Died of starvation.