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List of famous literary critics, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top literary critics in the world? This includes the most prominent literary critics, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable literary critics is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic literary critics were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned literary critics.

List features famous people of literary criticism like Edgar Allan Poe, John Updike and more! Featuring famous book critics of history and the present, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known literary critics to the lesser known literary critics of today, these are some of the best professionals in the literary critic field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous literary critics ever?" and "What are the names of famous literary critics?" then you're in the right place. 
Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Literary Critics
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Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the ...more

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Age: Died at 40 (1809-1849)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Magazine editor, Poet, Literary critic, Novelist Author, + more

Credits: Tales of Terror, Witchfinder General, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death The Raven, + more

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#2 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#6 on The Best Writers of All Time

#1 on The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

#27 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

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Jean-Paul Sartre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Literary Critics
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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism. His ...more

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Age: Died at 75 (1905-1980)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Literary critic, Biographer, Novelist, Screenwriter Author, + more

Credits: No Exit, The Wall, The Condemned of Altona, Huis clos The Childhood of a Leader

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#41 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#63 on The Best French Authors

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T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Literary Critics
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Thomas Stearns Eliot OM, usually known as T. S. Eliot, was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets". He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to an old Yankee family. He immigrated to England in 1914, settling, working and marrying ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1888-1965)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Lyricist, Writer Playwright

Credits: Murder in the Cathedral, School of Rock, Funny People, Rio 2

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#16 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#38 on The Best Writers of All Time

#10 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#4 on The Best English Poets of All Time

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Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Literary Critics
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Kevin Darnell Hart is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow ...more

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Age: 36

Birthplace: North Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Actor

Credits: Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard

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#54 on The Funniest People of All Time

#29 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#13 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

#57 on The Best African American Actors in Film

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John Updike is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Literary Critics
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John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his "Rabbit" series, which chronicles the life of the middle-class everyman Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom over the course of several decades, from young adulthood to death. ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1932-2009)

Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Novelist, Art critic Author, + more

Credits: The Witches of Eastwick, The Roommate, The Music School, Pigeon Feathers Ted Williams

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#51 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#27 on History's Greatest Essayists

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Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Literary Critics
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Joyce Carol Oates is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won many awards for her writing, including the National Book Award, ...more

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Age: 77

Birthplace: Lockport, New York, United States of America

Profession: Editor, Poet, Literary critic, Professor Novelist, + more

Credits: Foxfire, Smooth Talk, We Were the Mulvaneys, Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang Getting to Know You, + more

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#88 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#34 on The Greatest Living Writers & Most Famous Authors Today

#28 on The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked

#58 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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Ezra Pound is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Literary Critics
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Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an expatriate American poet and critic who was a major figure of the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1885-1972)

Birthplace: Hailey, Idaho, United States of America

Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Writer

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#46 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#46 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#11 on The Best Poets of the 20th Century

#5 on The Best American Poets

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Peter Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Literary Critics
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Peter Ackroyd, CBE, FRSL is an English biographer, novelist, and critic with a particular interest in the history and culture of London. For his novels about English history and culture and his biographies of, among others, William Blake, Charles Dickens, T. S. Eliot and Sir Thomas More he won the ...more

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Age: 66

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Literary critic, Biographer, Novelist, Author Writer

Credits: London, The Romantics

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