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List of Famous Literary Scholars

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List of famous literary scholars, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top literary scholars in the world? This includes the most prominent literary scholars, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable literary scholars is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic literary scholars 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 scholars.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known literary scholars to the lesser known literary scholars of today, these are some of the best professionals in the literary scholar field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous literary scholars ever?" and "What are the names of famous literary scholars?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
  • Erich von Kahler (October 14, 1885 – June 28, 1970) was a mid-twentieth-century European-American literary scholar, essayist, and teacher known for works such as The Tower and the Abyss: An Inquiry into the Transformation of Man (1957). Kahler was born to a Jewish family in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He studied philosophy, literature, history, art history, sociology, and psychology at the University of Munich, the University of Berlin, the University of Heidelberg, and the University of Freiburg before earning his doctorate at the University of Vienna in 1911. In 1912, he married his first wife, Josephine (née Sobotka). In 1933, deprived of his German citizenship by...  more
  • James Phelan (born 1951) is an American writer, literary scholar, and Distinguished University Professor of English at The Ohio State University. He joined the faculty of Ohio State in 1977 after earning his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. At the University of Chicago, he studied with the Chicago School theorists Sheldon Sacks and Wayne Booth. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Aarhus University (Denmark) and in 2016 he was inducted into the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The editor of Narrative (the journal of the International Society for the Study of Narrative), he has also written numerous books and articles on narrative theory, including Worlds from...  more
  • George Whalley was a scholar, poet, naval officer and secret intelligence agent during World War II, CBC broadcaster, musician, biographer, and translator. He taught English at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and was twice the head of the department. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1959. He married Elizabeth Watts on July 25, 1944. They had three children: Katharine, Christopher, and Emily. His brother, Peter Whalley, was a famous artist and cartoonist....  more
  • John B. Beer

    John Bernard Beer, FBA is a British literary critic. He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. Best known as a scholar and critic of Romantic poets – especially William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Wordsworth – he has also published on E. M. Forster. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1994. Beer served in the RAF from 1946 to 1948. He was a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge, from 1955 to 1958. Between 1958 and 1964 he was Assistant Lecturer and then Lecturer at the University of Manchester. From 1964 until his retirement in 1993, he was successively Lecturer, Reader...  more