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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.

John B. Beer and Susan Stewart are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

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}
  • Laura Otis

    Laura Otis is an American historian of science, and Professor of English, at Emory University.She graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry in 1983, and from the University of California, San Francisco with an M.A. in Neuroscience in 1988, and from Cornell University with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1991. She is a guest scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science....  more
  • Susan Stewart (born March 15, 1952) is an American poet, university professor and literary critic....  more
  • Richard Warrington Baldwin Lewis (November 1, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois - June 13, 2002 in Bethany, Connecticut) was an American literary scholar and critic. He gained a wider reputation when he won a 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, the first National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, and a Bancroft Prize for his biography of Edith Wharton. The New York Times called the book "a beautifully wrought, rounded portrait of the whole woman, including the part of her that remained in shade during her life" and said that the "expansive, elegant biography ... can stand as literature, if nothing else." He was the Neil Gray Professor of English and American Studies at Yale...  more
  • A. K. Ramanujan

    Attipate Krishnaswami Ramanujan (16 March 1929 – 13 July 1993) also known as A. K. Ramanujan was an Indian poet and scholar of Indian literature who wrote in both English and Kannada. Ramanujan was a poet, scholar, a philologist, folklorist, translator, and playwright. His academic research ranged across five languages: English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit. He published works on both classical and modern variants of this literature and argued strongly for giving local, non-standard dialects their due. Though he wrote widely and in a number of genres, Ramanujan's poems are remembered as enigmatic works of startling originality, sophistication and moving artistry. He was awarded the...  more