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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 member of the Algonquin Round Table. Following the breakup of the circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed as her involvement in left-wing politics led to a place on the Hollywood blacklist. Dismissive of her own talents, she deplored her reputation as a "wisecracker". Nevertheless, her literary output ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 74 (1893-1967)

Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States of America

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#26 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#23 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

#13 on The Best Female Poets of All Time

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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 Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson and a collection of essays, Sex, Art, and American Culture. Her other books and essays include an analysis of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, and Break, Blow, Burn on poetry. Her most recent book is Glittering Images. She is a critic of American feminism and of post-structuralist theory as well as a commentator on multiple aspects of ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 71

Birthplace: USA, New York, Endicott

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#5 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 Argentina’s occupied factories that was written by Klein and directed by her husband Avi Lewis; and The Shock Doctrine, a bestselling critical analysis of the history of neoliberal economics that was adapted into a six-minute companion film by Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón, as well as a feature length documentary by Michael Winterbottom. Her latest book is This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 47

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

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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 writing; the works of Marcel Proust; non-Lacanian psychoanalysis; artists' books; Buddhism and pedagogy; the affective theories of Silvan Tomkins and Melanie Klein; and material culture, especially textiles and texture. Drawing on feminist scholarship and the work of Michel Foucault, Sedgwick uncovered what she claimed were concealed homoerotic subplots in writers like Charles Dickens and Henry James. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 59 (1950-2009)

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

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