Tove Ditlevsen

Tove Ditlevsen

Birth
Vesterbro, Kobenhavns Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Death 7 Mar 1976 (aged 58)
Copenhagen, Kobenhavns Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Burial Copenhagen, Kobenhavns Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Memorial ID 20192148 · View Source
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Writer, poet. One of Denmark's most popular and beloved writers in recent times. Having grown up in poor circumstances in a Copenhagen working-class district, she published her first collection of poems in 1939. Two years later her first novel was published. She also wrote short stories, memoirs, and children's books, and for a number of years she was the editor of a column in one of Denmark's most read weeklies. In spite of her fame and popularity she did not feel that she was sufficiently appreciated in literary circles. She was married four times, and made no secret of her psychological problems nor of the fact that she had at times been a drug addict and an alcoholic. Finally her basic insecurity and loneliness made her take her own life. Large crowds of her readers attended her funeral. Several of her poems have been set to music, and her semi-autobiographical novel "Barndommens Gade" (Street of My Childhood)(1943) was made into a film of the same name in 1986.

Bio by: Erik Skytte


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  • Originally Created by: Erik Skytte
  • Added: 30 Jun 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20192148
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tove Ditlevsen (14 Dec 1917–7 Mar 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20192148, citing Vestre Kirkegard, Copenhagen, Kobenhavns Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark ; Maintained by Find A Grave .