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Andersen, Vita

Country/Region:
Denmark
Born:
October 29, 1944
Genres:
Drama, Poetry, Miscellaneous prose, Children's literature
Photo: Suste Bonnén
The Danish author Vita Anderson was born in Copenhagen. Her father, the author Aage Neutzsky-Wulff (1891–1967) had many children with a number of wives, so Vita was just one among many. Because her mother had psychological problems Vita spent most of her time in children's homes and foster homes from the age of five and was later adopted by her aunt. Her father was an author, her mother was an aspiring author and her half-brother, Erwin Neutzsky-Wulff, became a well-known journalist and debater. Anderson tried many different professions and educations before dedicating her life to writing. She worked in a bank, a travel agents, a liquorice factory and as a waitress. She studied acting without taking a degree and she spent a whole year in Greenland. Her sense of displacement, peripatetic life and lack of security in childhood are themes she often comes back to in her books. Andersen published her first poem in the magazine Victor B. Andersen's Maskinfabrik. She has three children together with her ex husband, the Danish politician Mogens Camre.

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