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

List features famous people of literary criticism like Edgar Allan Poe, John Updike and more! Featuring famous book critics of history and the present, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known literary critics to the lesser known literary critics of today, these are some of the best professionals in the literary critic field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous literary critics ever?" and "What are the names of famous literary critics?" then you're in the right place. 
Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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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#3 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#6 on The Best Writers of All Time

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#4 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

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Jean-Paul Sartre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Literary Critics
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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism. His ...more

Age: Died at 75 (1905-1980)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Literary critic, Biographer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, + more

Credits: No Exit, The Wall, The Condemned of Altona, Huis clos, The Childhood of a Leader

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#41 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#61 on The Best French Authors

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T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous 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

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#18 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#54 on The Best Writers of All Time

#4 on The Best English Poets of All Time

#9 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

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Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous 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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#63 on The Funniest People of All Time

#55 on The Best African American Actors in Film

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#13 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

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