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List of famous literary criticism books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular literary criticism books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best literary criticism novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Poetry of Two Minds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
A Poetry of Two Minds Sherod Santos Poetry of Two Minds is a book by Sherod Santos.

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A Reader's Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
A Reader's Manifesto Brian Reynolds Myers A Reader's Manifesto is a 2002 book written by B. R. Myers that was originally published in heavily edited form in the July/August 2001 issue of The Atlantic Monthly magazine. Myers criticizes ...more

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Against Interpretation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Against Interpretation Susan Sontag Against Interpretation is a collection of essays by Susan Sontag published in 1966. It includes some of Sontag's best-known works, including "On Style," and the eponymous essay ...more

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An Instinct for the Kill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
An Instinct for the Kill Antonella Gambotto-Burke An Instinct for the Kill is the second of Antonella Gambotto-Burke's books and her second anthology. It was dedicated to investment banker Mark Burrows. In his introduction to the book, Edward ...more

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As Eve Said to the Serpent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
As Eve Said to the Serpent Rebecca Solnit As Eve Said to the Serpent is a book by Rebecca Solnit.

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Blake: Prophet Against Empire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Blake: Prophet Against Empire Blake: Prophet Against Empire: A Poet's Interpretation of the History of His Own Times is a 1954 biography by David V. Erdman whose subject is the life and work of English poet and painter ...more

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Breaking the Spell: Religion a... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon Daniel Dennett Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon is a 2006 book in which the American philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett argues that religion is in need of scientific ...more

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Characters of Shakespear's Pla... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Characters of Shakespear's Plays William Hazlitt Characters of Shakespear's Plays is an 1817 book of criticism of Shakespeare's plays, written by early nineteenth century English essayist and literary critic William Hazlitt. Composed in ...more

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Children's Literature: A Reade... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter Seth Lerer Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter is a book by Seth Lerer.

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Coltrane: The Story of a Sound is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Coltrane: The Story of a Sound Ben Ratliff Coltrane: The Story of a Sound is a book by Ben Ratliff.

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critical reputation of F. Scot... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels

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Curtain: An Essay in Seven Par... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts Milan Kundera The Curtain is a seven-part essay by Milan Kundera, along with The Art of the Novel and Testaments Betrayed composing a type of trilogy of book-length essays on the European novel. The Curtain ...more

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Dance writings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Dance writings Edwin Denby Dance Writings and Poetry is a book by Edwin Denby.

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Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Edgar Allan Poe John Henry Ingram

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Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Bi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography Arthur Hobson Quinn Often regarded as the definitive biography on American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe, "Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography", is written by Arthur Hobson Quinn, originally published

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Encounters and Reflections: Ar... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present Arthur Danto Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present is a book by Arthur C. Danto.

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Essays in London and Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Essays in London and Elsewhere Henry James Essays in London and Elsewhere is a book of literary criticism by Henry James published in 1893. The book collected essays that James had written over the preceding several years on a wide range ...more

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Everything Is Cinema: The Work... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life Of Jean-Luc Godard Richard Brody Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life Of Jean-Luc Godard is a book by Richard Brody.

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Everything That Rises is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Everything That Rises Lawrence Weschler Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences is a book by Lawrence Weschler.

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Fearful Symmetry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Fearful Symmetry Northrop Frye Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake is a 1947 book by Canadian literary critic Northrop Frye whose subject is the work of English poet and visual artist William Blake. The book has been ...more

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Fighting Windmills: Encounters... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Fighting Windmills: Encounters with Don Quixote Fay R. Rogg, Manuel Durán, Manuel Durán Fighting Windmills: Encounters with Don Quixote is a book by Fay R. Rogg and Manuel Duran.

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Film Follies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Film Follies Stuart Klawans Film Follies is a book by Stuart Klawans.

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Follies of the Wise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Follies of the Wise Frederick C. Crews Follies of the Wise is a book by Frederick C. Crews.

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foreign critical reputation of... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels

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French Poets and Novelists is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
French Poets and Novelists Henry James French Poets and Novelists is a book of literary criticism by Henry James published in 1878. The book collected essays that James had written over the preceding several years. From an early age ...more

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Good Blonde & Others is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Good Blonde & Others Jack Kerouac Good Blonde & Others is a collection of works by Jack Kerouac. This collection includes short stories, essays, articles, literary criticism, and his essentials for spontaneous prose. It is ...more

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H. P. Lovecraft: Against the W... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life Michel Houellebecq H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life is a work of literary criticism by French author Michel Houellebecq regarding the works of H. P. Lovecraft. The English-language edition for the ...more

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Hammett's Moral Vision: The Mo... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Hammett's Moral Vision: The Most Influential In-Depth Analysis of Dashiell Hammett's Novels Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, and The Thin Man George J. Thompson Hammett's Moral Vision: The Most Influential In-Depth Analysis of Dashiell Hammett's Novels Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, and The Thin Man is a book by George ...more

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Haunted in the New World is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Haunted in the New World Donald Weber Haunted in the New World is a book, published in 2005, by Donald Weber. The book's subtitle, Jewish American Culture from Cahan to The Goldbergs reflects the broad scope of the work as an ...more

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Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Hawthorne Henry James Hawthorne is a book of literary criticism by Henry James published in 1879. The book was an insightful study of James' great predecessor, Nathaniel Hawthorne. James gave extended consideration ...more

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Ill Nature is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Ill Nature Joy Williams Ill Nature is a book by Joy Williams.

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In Defence of T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels

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In Defense of Reason is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
In Defense of Reason Yvor Winters In Defense of Reason is a collection of three volumes of literary criticisms by the American poet and literary critic Yvor Winters. First published in 1947, the book is fairly well known in ...more

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In Search of Wonder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
In Search of Wonder Damon Knight In Search of Wonder: Essays on Modern Science Fiction is a collection of critical essays by Damon Knight. Most of the material in the original version of the book was originally published ...more

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Joseph Conrad and American wri... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Joseph Conrad and American writers Debra Moddelmog, Robert Secor

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Maimonides is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Maimonides Joel L. Kraemer Maimonides is a book by Joel L. Kraemer.

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Metaphysical symbolism in T.S.... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels

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Modern Art is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Modern Art Meyer Schapiro Modern Art is a book by Meyer Schapiro.

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Notes on Novelists is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Notes on Novelists Henry James Notes on Novelists is a book of literary criticism by Henry James published in 1914. The book collected essays that James had written over the preceding two decades on French, Italian, English ...more

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Old Man Goya is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Old Man Goya Julia Blackburn Old Man Goya is a book by Julia Blackburn.

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Once Upon a Quinceanera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Once Upon a Quinceanera Julia Alvarez Once Upon a Quinceanera is a book by Julia Álvarez.

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Opera in America is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Opera in America John Dizikes Opera in America : A Cultural History is a book by John Dizikes.

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Orpheus in the Bronx is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Orpheus in the Bronx Reginald Shepherd Orpheus in the Bronx is a book by Reginald Shepherd.

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Part of nature, part of us is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Part of nature, part of us Helen Vendler Part of Nature, Part of Us: Modern American Poets is a book by Helen Vendler.

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Partial Portraits is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Partial Portraits Henry James Partial Portraits is a book of literary criticism by Henry James published in 1888. The book collected essays that James had written over the preceding decade, mostly on English and American ...more

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Passionate Minds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Passionate Minds Claudia Roth Pierpont Passionate Minds is a book by Claudia Roth Pierpont.

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Philosophy and Social Hope is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Philosophy and Social Hope Richard Rorty Philosophy and Social Hope is a 1999 book written by philosopher Richard Rorty and published by Penguin. The book is a collection of cultural and political essays intended to reach a wider ...more

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Piano Notes: The World of the ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist Charles Rosen Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist is a book by Charles Rosen.

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Praising It New: The Best of t... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Praising It New: The Best of the New Criticism Praising It New: The Best of the New Criticism is a book edited by Garrick Davis.

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Raymond Chandler Speaking is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Literary Criticism Books and Novels
Raymond Chandler Speaking Raymond Chandler Raymond Chandler Speaking is a collection of letter excerpts, various notes, essays and an unfinished novel. It was compiled in 1962 by Dorothy Gardiner and Kathrine Sorley Walker.