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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 detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. Born in Boston, Poe was the second child of two actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus ...more

Age: Died at 40 (1809-1849)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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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 there. He was eventually naturalised as a British subject in 1927 at age 39, renouncing his American citizenship. Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, which is seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday, and Four ...more

Age: Died at 77 (1888-1965)

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

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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 for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared. The series lasted only one season, but he soon landed other roles in movies like Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3, Soul Plane, and Little Fockers. Hart's comedic reputation continued to grow with the release of his first stand-up album I'm a Grown Little Man, and performances in the films Think Like a Man, Grudge Match, Ride Along, and About Last Night. ...more

Age: 38

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

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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. Both Rabbit Is Rich and Rabbit at Rest were recognized with the Pulitzer Prize. Updike is one of only three authors to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. He published more than twenty novels and more than a dozen short story collections, as well as poetry, art criticism, literary criticism and children's books. Hundreds of his stories, reviews, and poems appeared in The New Yorker ...more

Age: Died at 77 (1932-2009)

Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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