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List of famous female critics, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female critics list contains the most prominent and top females known for being critics. There are thousand of females working as critics in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic critics have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a critic then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all female critics, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female critics?" and "Who are the best female critics?"
Dorothy Parker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Critics
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Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding ...more

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Age: Died at 74 (1893-1967)

Birthplace: Monmouth County, Long Branch, Contiguous United States, United States of America United States, + more

Profession: Poet, Screenwriter, Satirist, Author Writer, + more

Credits: Saboteur, A Star Is Born, A Star Is Born, The Little Foxes The Flower of My Secret, + more

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#18 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#48 on The Best Female Poets of All Time

#20 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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Camille Paglia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Critics
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Camille Anna Paglia is an American academic and social critic. Paglia, a self-described dissident feminist, has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1984. The New York Times has described her as "first and foremost an educator". She is the author of ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: USA, New York, Endicott

Profession: Cultural critic, Author, Writer, Critic Teacher

Credits: Henry Fool, It's Pat, The Watermelon Woman, Dr. Paglia Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed, + more

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#79 on The Best Gay Authors

#9 on Famous People Named Camille

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Naomi Klein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Critics
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Naomi Klein is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and of corporate capitalism. She is best known for No Logo, a book that went on to become an international bestseller; The Take, a documentary film about ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Profession: Journalist, Political writer, Author, Writer Critic

Credits: The Take, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, The Shock Doctrine

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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Critics
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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick was an American academic scholar in the fields of gender studies, queer theory, and critical theory. Her critical writings helped create the field of queer studies. Her works reflect an interest in a range of issues, including queer performativity; experimental critical ...more

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Age: Died at 59 (1950-2009)

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Poet, Professor, Author, Essayist Critic

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Hilary Mantel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Critics
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Dame Hilary Mary Mantel, DBE FRSL, is an English writer whose work includes personal memoirs, short stories, and historical fiction. She has twice been awarded the Booker Prize, the first for the 2009 novel Wolf Hall, a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell's rise to power in the court of Henry VIII, ...more

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Age: 63

Birthplace: Glossop, United Kingdom

Profession: Novelist, Essayist, Writer, Critic

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#69 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

#5 on The Best Historical Fiction Writers of All Time

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Louise Bogan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Critics
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Louise Bogan was an American poet. She was appointed the fourth Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1945. As poetry editor of The New Yorker magazine for nearly 40 years, Bogan played a major role in shaping mainstream poetic sensibilities of the mid-20th Century. The Poetry Foundation notes ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1897-1970)

Birthplace: Livermore Falls, Maine, United States of America

Profession: Poet, Critic

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#26 on The Best Female Poets of All Time

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Lucy Lippard is an internationally known writer, art critic, activist and curator from the United States. Lippard was among the first writers to recognize the "dematerialization" at work in conceptual art and was an early champion of feminist art. She is the author of 21 books on contemporary art ...more

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Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Art critic, Curator, Critic

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Johanna Drucker is an author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic. Her scholarly writing documents and critiques visual language: letterforms, typography, visual poetry, art, and lately, digital aesthetics. She is currently the Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor in the Department ...more

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Professor, Author, Printer, Critic Artist

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