20 Talented People Who Only Became Famous After Their Deaths

17. Herman Melville

The prestigious writer, known for writing Moby Dick, a classic in literature, couldn't even afford a substandard living. With many novels, poems and short stories to his name, Melville now stands tall among the most influential writers ever.

18. Vivian Maier

One of the most prolific photographers in history, Vivian Maier's work was unknown during her lifetime. In fact, even her dear ones were unaware of her talent and knack for photography. She captured candid snaps of strangers in public and received massive appreciation once her negatives were developed post her demise.

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