Jim Thompson wrote more than 30 novels, the majority of which were published by pulp fiction houses between the late 1940s and mid-50s. Despite some positive critical notice, notably by Anthony Boucher of the New York Times, he was little-recognized in his lifetime.
“Just you wait,” said Jim to his wife shortly before he passed away in 1977, “I’ll become famous after I’m dead about ten years.” Thirteen years later, The Grifters received 4 Oscar nominations and then others of his books were made into movies.
His wife believed him and held tight to all the copyrights.
You go, girl.