READ List of Famous Literary Criticisms

Reference
3.5k views 60 items
List of the most notable and famous Literary criticisms in the world, with photos when available. Most prominent Literary criticisms worldwide and top Literary criticisms in America can be found on this list ordered by their level of prominence,. From reputable Literary criticisms to the lesser known Literary criticisms in history and today, these are the top Literary criticisms in their field, and should answer the question "who are the most famous Literary criticisms in the world?". List ranges from Annie Dillard to Mohammad Hoqouqi, plus much more. Use this fact-based list to build one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion. (60 Items)
Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Literary Criticisms
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

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

Also Ranked

#8 on The Best Writers of All Time

#2 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#5 on The Best American Poets

#4 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

see more on Edgar Allan Poe
John Updike is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Literary Criticisms
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

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

Also Ranked

#42 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#97 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

#41 on History's Greatest Essayists

#18 on The Most Unbearably Pretentious Authors In Literary History

see more on John Updike
Joyce Carol Oates is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Literary Criticisms
Photo: Freebase/CC-BY-2.5

Joyce Carol Oates is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won many awards for her writing, including the National Book Award, for her novel them, two O. Henry Awards, and the National Humanities Medal. Her novels Black Water, What I Lived For, and Blonde were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Oates has taught at Princeton University since 1978 and is currently the Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor in the Humanities with the Program in Creative Writing. ...more

Also Ranked

#72 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#29 on The Greatest Living Writers & Most Famous Authors Today

#30 on The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked

see more on Joyce Carol Oates
Ezra Pound is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Literary Criticisms
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an expatriate American poet and critic who was a major figure of the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of language. His best-known works include Ripostes, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley and the unfinished 120-section epic, The Cantos. Working in London in the early 20th century as foreign editor of several American literary magazines, Pound helped discover and shape the work of contemporaries such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost and Ernest Hemingway. He was responsible for the 1915 publication of ...more

Also Ranked

#79 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#9 on The Best American Poets

#76 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#13 on The Best Poets of the 20th Century

see more on Ezra Pound