Famous American Critics & Connoisseurs

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 1 T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot.
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Famous As: Poet, Essayist, Playwright
Birthdate: September 26, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: January 4, 1965
American-born British poet T. S. Eliot is best remembered for his poems The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, and Ash Wednesday, and his plays such as Murder in the Cathedral. He won the Nobel Prize for literature and became a prominent figure of Modernist poetry.  

 2 Lewis Black

Lewis Black.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: August 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

 3 Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory.
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Famous As: American critic
Birthdate: October 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 4 Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Died: January 22, 2018

Ursula K. Le Guin was an American author. In a career spanning almost six decades, Ursula wrote about political and social themes like race and sexuality. Throughout her career, Ursula had a major influence on speculative fiction. Her book A Wizard of Earthsea is credited with inspiring ideas like 'wizard school', which was later popularized in the Harry Potter series.

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 5 Gloria Jean Watkins

Gloria Jean Watkins.
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Birthdate: September 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hopkinsville

 6 Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Keyser, West Virginia

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is an American literary critic, historian, professor, filmmaker, and public intellectual. He is currently serving as the director of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Over the years Gates has been honored with several prestigious awards including the National Humanities Medal. In 1997, he was named in Time magazine's 25 Most Influential Americans list.

 7 Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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 8 Gene Siskel

Gene Siskel
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Famous As: Journalist, Television presenter, Film critic
Birthdate: January 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: February 20, 1999

 9 Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau
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Famous As: Journalist, Reporter, Essayist, Writer, Music critic
Birthdate: April 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Greenwich Village

 10 George Plimpton

George Plimpton
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: March 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 26, 2003

 11 McCaughey septuplets

McCaughey septuplets
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 12 Harvey Pekar

Harvey Pekar
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Famous As: Comics artist, Autobiographer, Writer, Music critic, Journalist
Birthdate: October 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland
Died: July 12, 2010

 13 Kurt Loder

Kurt Loder
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: May 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ocean City, New Jersey, U.S.

 14 Robert Mondavi

Robert Mondavi
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Famous As: Winegrower
Birthdate: June 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Virginia
Died: May 16, 2008

 15 Rex Reed

Rex Reed
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Journalist
Birthdate: October 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Worth

 16 Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael
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Famous As: Film critic, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Petaluma
Died: September 3, 2001

 17 Richard Roeper

Richard Roeper
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 18 Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City New York, New York, US

Known for his science-fiction novels such as Dhalgren, Babel-17, and the Nèverÿon series, author Samuel R. Delany often touches upon themes of sex, race, and language. A descendant of civil rights activists, he dropped out of college to write. Though gay, he was once married to lesbian poet Marilyn Hacker.

 19 Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson
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Famous As: Essayist, Political scientist, Writer, Professor, Literary critic, Sociologist, Journalist
Birthdate: April 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland

 20 Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin
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Famous As: Journalist, Art historian, Film critic, Screenwriter, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: December 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City

 21 Isabella Stewart Gardner

Isabella Stewart Gardner
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Famous As: Art collector
Birthdate: April 14, 1840
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 17, 1924

 22 Tom Verlaine

Tom Verlaine
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Morristown

 23 Charles John Klosterman

Charles John Klosterman
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Birthdate: June 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Breckenridge, Minnesota, United States

 24 Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore, Maryland
Died: July 25, 1966

 25 Ruth Graves Wakefield

Ruth Graves Wakefield
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Famous As: Chef, Patent inventor, Teacher, Businessperson, Food critic, Dietitian
Birthdate: June 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Walpole
Died: January 10, 1977

 26 Harry Knowles

Harry Knowles
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Famous As: Actor, Journalist
Birthdate: December 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Austin

 27 Frank Bruni

Frank Bruni
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: White Plains

 28 John Lahr

John Lahr
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Famous As: Biographer, Journalist
Birthdate: July 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles

John Henry Lahr is an American theater critic who worked as he senior drama critic at The New Yorker magazine from 1992 to 2013. Also an established author, he is known for works like Joy Ride and Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh.

 29 A. O. Scott

A. O. Scott
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Famous As: Journalist, Film critic
Birthdate: July 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Northampton

 30 Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy
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Famous As: journalist, novelist, writer, screenwriter, literary critic
Birthdate: June 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle
Died: October 25, 1989

 31 James Agee

James Agee
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Died: May 16, 1955

 32 Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richland, Washington, United States

American author, playwright and script-writer Orson Scott Card is best-known for writing the series’ Ender's Game and The Tales of Alvin Maker. First two novels of the Ender's Game series are counted among the most influential novels of the 1980s and won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, while The Tales of Alvin Maker series won the Locus Fantasy Award.

 33 John Hammond

John Hammond
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Famous As: Record producer, Activist
Birthdate: December 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 10, 1987

 34 Mimi Gardner Gates

Mimi Gardner Gates
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Famous As: curator
Birthdate: 1943 AD

 35 Clement Greenberg

Clement Greenberg
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Famous As: Art collector, Art historian, Art critic, Journalist
Birthdate: January 16, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City
Died: May 7, 1994

 36 Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris
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Famous As: writer, film critic, journalist
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Philadelphia

 37 Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Musicologist, Music critic
Birthdate: June 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Michigan

 38 Frederick R. Koch

Frederick R. Koch
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Famous As: Art collector
Birthdate: August 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wichita

 39 Elaine Showalter

Elaine Showalter
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Famous As: Literary critic
Birthdate: January 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 40 Edmund Wilson

Edmund Wilson
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Famous As: Journalist, Poet, Playwright, Literary critic, Essayist, Social critic, Writer
Birthdate: May 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Red Bank
Died: June 12, 1972

 41 Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
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Famous As: Academic Scholar
Birthdate: May 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Died: April 12, 2009

 42 Stanley Fish

Stanley Fish
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: April 19, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States

 43 Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan

 44 William Dean Howells

William Dean Howells
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 1, 1837
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Martins Ferry, Ohio, U.S.
Died: May 11, 1920

 45 Lionel Trilling

Lionel Trilling
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Famous As: Literary critic, Writer, Novelist, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1905
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens
Died: November 5, 1975

 46 David Fricke

David Fricke
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Music critic
Birthdate: June 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States of America

 47 John Irving Bloom

John Irving Bloom
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Famous As: Film critic
Birthdate: January 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

 48 Janet Maslin

Janet Maslin
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Famous As: Journalist, Literary critic, Music critic
Birthdate: August 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City

 49 Stanley Crouch

Stanley Crouch
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Famous As: Musician, Novelist, Writer, Music critic, Journalist
Birthdate: December 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 50 Larry Gagosian

Larry Gagosian
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Famous As: Art collector
Birthdate: April 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles