Tove Ditlevsen is one of Denmark's best loved writers, and the author of over thirty books of poetry and prose. Yet she grew up in loneliness and poverty, a clumsy and ungainly child in a working-class area of Copenhagen in the 1930s. Despite this, Tove never lost sight of her dreams and one aim in life - to become a poet. Early Spring is her own account of those first eighteen years, poignant, funny and unforgettable. It is a story of immense courage and hope.