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

List below includes Christopher Benfey, Willis Barnstone and more people.

While this isn't a list of all male literary critics, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male literary critics?" and "Who are the best male literary critics?"
Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male 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

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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#4 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

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T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male 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

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

Also Ranked

#20 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#6 on The Best English Poets of All Time

#11 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#14 on The Best Gay Authors

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Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male 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

Age: 37

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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#66 on The Funniest People of All Time

#40 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#13 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

#53 on The Best African American Actors in Film

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John Updike is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male 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

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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#53 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#34 on History's Greatest Essayists

#16 on The Most Unbearably Pretentious Authors In Literary History

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