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Famous After Death: Posthumously Appreciated Authors (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 03/16/11 09:58 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:40 PM ET

It is absolutely horrible to go unappreciated. Unfortunately for these authors, most of them remained completely unrecognized during life, and did not become famous until after their deaths.

Now, all of them, from Thoreau to Stieg Larsson, are widely read and widely known. Most of the following authors are found in anthologies, taught in every English Literature course, and have even had their works (or their lives) adapted for film or television. Some also received literary prizes posthumously.

Did we forget any of your favorite authors who only reached fame after death? Let us know in the comments!

Henry David Thoreau
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By Thoreau's death in 1862, he had only managed to publish two books, both of which remained obscure during his life. Thoreau began getting praise in the late 1920s. He is not only assigned reading for almost every English class today, but has also been honored by the creation of the international Thoreau society.
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