Jim Thompson

1906 - 1977

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James Myers Thompson (September 27, 1906 – April 7, 1977) was an American author and screenwriter, known for his hardboiled crime fiction. Thompson wrote more than thirty novels, the majority of which were original paperback publications, published from the late-1940s through mid-1950s. Despite some positive critical notice—notably by Anthony Boucher in The New York Times—he was little-recognized in his lifetime. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jim Thompson has received more than 18,081 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Jim Thompson is the 1,456th most popular writer (up from 2,051st in 2019), the 1,778th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,449th in 2019) and the 168th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Jim Thompson ranks 1,456 out of 5,794Before him are Wen Tianxiang, Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza, Eupolis, Ono no Komachi, and Aleksandr Kuprin. After him are Usama ibn Munqidh, Jules Laforgue, Bob Woodward, Ilia Chavchavadze, Jakob Wassermann, and Wace.

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Among people born in 1906, Jim Thompson ranks 86Before him are Robert E. Howard, Hans Aumeier, Carlo Scarpa, Jacques Becker, Chandra Shekhar Azad, and Horst Schumann. After him are Carol Reed, Georg Donatus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse, John Carradine, Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, Brigitte Helm, and Rezső Kasztner. Among people deceased in 1977, Jim Thompson ranks 50Before him are Lee Miller, Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma, Sepp Herberger, Oskar Morgenstern, Paul Desmond, and Yevgenia Ginzburg. After him are Kamal Jumblatt, Olave Baden-Powell, Leopold Stokowski, Bruno Streckenbach, Edmond Hamilton, and Shogo Kamo.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jim Thompson ranks 1,778 out of 15,968Before him are Bess Truman (1885), John Dickinson (1732), Harlow Shapley (1885), Husband E. Kimmel (1882), Richard Sennett (1943), and Leonard Kleinrock (1934). After him are Bob Woodward (1943), Paul P. Harris (1868), Peggy Lee (1920), Laura Dern (1967), John Mauchly (1907), and Martha Nussbaum (1947).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Jim Thompson ranks 168Before him are Ira Levin (1929), James Patterson (1947), Henry Steel Olcott (1832), Edward Albee (1928), Wayne Dyer (1940), and Martin Gardner (1914). After him are Bob Woodward (1943), Nicholas Sparks (1965), Philip José Farmer (1918), Jane Jacobs (1916), Samuel R. Delany (1942), and Robert Wilson (1941).