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Roger Ebert
(Film Critic for the "Chicago Sun-Times")
Roger Ebert
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Listed In: Film Critics
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Urbana, Illinois, United States
Died: April 4, 2013

Roger Ebert was an American journalist, author, screenwriter, film historian, and film critic. While working as a film critic for the daily newspaper Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, becoming the first film critic to be honored with the prestigious award. He was often described as America's most influential and prominent film critic of all time.

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Dick Gregory
(American critic)
Dick Gregory
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Birthdate: October 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: August 19, 2017
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Henry Louis Gates Jr.
(Literary Critic and Scholar Who Became Popular for His Pioneering Theories of African and African-American Literature)
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Keyser, West Virginia, United States

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.

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Robert Graves
(Poet & Novelist)
Robert Graves
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Birthdate: July 24, 1895
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wimbledon, England
Died: December 7, 1985
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John Dryden
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Birthdate: August 9, 1631
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, England
Died: May 12, 1700
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Clive James
(Australian Critic, Journalist and Broadcaster)
Clive James
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Birthdate: October 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kogarah, Australia
Died: November 24, 2019

Clive James was an Australian critic, journalist, and writer who worked mainly in the United Kingdom. He had a difficult life as a young man and faced many challenges on his way to building a successful career. He began his career as a TV critic and proceeded to establish himself as a writer and poet as well. 

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Kurt Loder
(Film critic)
Kurt Loder
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Birthdate: May 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ocean City, New Jersey, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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George Plimpton
(Journalists)
George Plimpton
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Birthdate: March 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 26, 2003
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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André Aciman
(Italian-American Writer and Professor)
André Aciman
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Birthdate: January 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Andre Aciman is an Italian-American writer who is currently working at the CUNY Graduate Center as a professor of history of literary theory. He is best known for his literary work, which includes his Lambda Literary Award-winning novel Call Me by Your Name and his Whiting Award-winning 1995 memoir Out of Egypt.

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Harvey Pekar
(Comics artist, Autobiographer, Writer, Music critic, Journalist)
Harvey Pekar
4
Birthdate: October 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland
Died: July 12, 2010
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Rex Reed
(Actor, Film actor, Journalist)
Rex Reed
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Birthdate: October 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Worth
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Robert Christgau
(Journalist, Reporter, Essayist, Writer, Music critic)
Robert Christgau
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Birthdate: April 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Greenwich Village
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Sergei Diaghilev
(Russian Art Critic, Ballet Impresario and Founder of the 'Ballets Russes')
Sergei Diaghilev
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Birthdate: March 31, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chudovsky District, Russia
Died: August 19, 1929

Sergei Diaghilev was a Russian ballet impresario, patron, and art critic. He is credited with founding the popular ballet company Ballets Russes, which has produced some of the greatest and popular choreographers and dancers like Tamara Karsavina, Lydia Sokolova, Serge Lifar, and Alicia Markova. Sergei Diaghilev is remembered for placing the needs of his company and dancers above his own.

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Leonard Maltin
(Journalist, Art historian, Film critic, Screenwriter, Writer, University teacher)
Leonard Maltin
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Birthdate: December 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
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Diana Wynne Jones
(Known for Writing Fantasy and Speculative Fiction Novels for Children and Young Adults)
Diana Wynne Jones
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Birthdate: August 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 26, 2011

Diana Wynne Jones was an English writer who is known for  fantasy and speculative fiction novels for children and young adults.. She began writing stories for her siblings at the age of thirteen. However, she was actually introduced to children's literature while reading out to her sons, starting to write on her own once her children started going to school, authoring more than forty books in her lifetime.

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Anne Tyler
(Novelist)
Anne Tyler
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Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
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Mark Kermode
(Television presenter, Musician, Journalist)
Mark Kermode
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Birthdate: July 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chipping Barnet
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Jacqueline Roque
(Best known as the muse and second wife of Pablo Picasso)
Jacqueline Roque
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Listed In: Art Critics
Birthdate: February 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 15, 1986
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Terry Eagleton
(Literary Theorist Best Known for His Work 'Literary Theory: An Introduction' (1983))
Terry Eagleton
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Birthdate: February 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salford, England

English literary theorist and critic Terry Eagleton, presently serving as Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, is a prominent critic of postmodernism and the New Atheism. His oeuvre includes over forty books among which Literary Theory: An Introduction (1983), which describes the emerging literary theory of the period, is considered to be one of his most notable works.   

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Charles John Klosterman
Charles John Klosterman
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Birthdate: June 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Breckenridge, Minnesota, United States
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Margaret Drabble
(English Novelist, Biographer and Critic)
Margaret Drabble
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Birthdate: June 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sheffield, England

English author Margaret Drabble mostly writes about women protagonists and their experiences through marriage, motherhood, and intellectual development. Her novels such as The Gates of Ivory and A Summer Bird-Cage have earned her honors such as the DBE. She is the younger sister of novelist A.S. Byatt.

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Ford Madox Ford
(British Writer Known for His Novels: 'The Good Soldier', 'Parade’s End' Tetralogy and 'The Fifth Queen' Trilogy)
Ford Madox Ford
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Birthdate: December 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Merton, Surrey, England
Died: June 26, 1939

Best remembered for his novel The Good Soldier, author Ford Madox Ford was the grandson of Pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown. He had been part of World War I. He spent his final years in France and the US, mostly authoring criticism. The tetralogy Parade's End remains one of his best-known works.

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Fanny Cradock
(English Restaurant Critic, Television Chef and Writer)
Fanny Cradock
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Listed In: Chefs, Novelists
Birthdate: February 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leytonstone, Essex, England
Died: December 27, 1994

Famous for dressing up in ballgowns and wearing heavy make-up while cooking up exotic dishes, celebrity chef Fanny Cradock initially co-wrote cookbooks and food columns with her husband Johnnie Cradock. She had married four times, and had committed bigamy twice. She was known for her signature husky voice and dramatic style.

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Tom Verlaine
(American Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter)
Tom Verlaine
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Birthdate: December 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Denville, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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James Agee
(Novelist)
James Agee
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Birthdate: November 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Died: May 16, 1955
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John Irving Bloom
(Film critic)
John Irving Bloom
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Birthdate: January 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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John Hammond
(Record producer, Activist)
John Hammond
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Birthdate: December 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 10, 1987
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Northrop Frye
(Canadian Literary Critic and and Philosopher)
Northrop Frye
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Birthdate: July 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Died: January 23, 1991

Considered one of the most important literary theorists of the century, Herman Northrop Fry gained international fame with his first book, Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake and later with Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays. Prolific writer and respected educator, he went on to write many more, concurrently championing Canadian literature and identity, receiving several honors for his contributions.

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Scott Ritter
(Writer, Officer)
Scott Ritter
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Listed In: Film Critics
Birthdate: July 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gainesville
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Harry Knowles
(Film Critic and Writer Known for His Website Called 'Ain’t It Cool News')
Harry Knowles
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Listed In: Film Critics
Birthdate: December 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Erin McNaught
(Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant, Music critic)
Erin McNaught
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Birthdate: May 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canberra

Erin McNaught is an Australian actress, model, television personality, and presenter. McNaught achieved both fame and notoriety when she represented Australia in the 2006 Miss Universe competition where she was one of the most controversial participants. Over the years, Erin McNaught has also taken part in charity campaigns, such as UK's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.

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Peter Ackroyd
(British Biographer, Novelist and Critic with a Particular Interest in the History and Culture of London)
Peter Ackroyd
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Birthdate: October 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: East Acton, London, England

English author and critic Peter Ackroyd is mostly known for his novels that depict the history of London. The Cambridge and Yale alumnus had initially worked at The Spectator. Apart from writing award-winning novels such as Hawksmoor, he has also penned biographies of T.S. Eliot and Dickens, among others.

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Joris-Karl Huysmans
(Art critic, Novelist)
Joris-Karl Huysmans
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Birthdate: February 5, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 12, 1907
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Frank O'Hara
(Poet)
Frank O'Hara
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Listed In: Poets, Art Critics
Birthdate: March 27, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore, Maryland
Died: July 25, 1966
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George Steiner
(Literary critic, Essayist, Philosopher, Novelist)
George Steiner
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Birthdate: April 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: February 3, 2020
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Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
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Listed In: Historians
Birthdate: October 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: February 28, 2007
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Kenneth Tynan
(Diarist, Theatre critic, Screenwriter)
Kenneth Tynan
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Listed In: Film Critics
Birthdate: April 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: July 26, 1980
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Armond White
(Film critic)
Armond White
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Birthdate: April 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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John Lahr
(Biographer, Journalist)
John Lahr
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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.

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Clement Greenberg
(American Essayist, Art Critic and Journalist)
Clement Greenberg
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Birthdate: January 16, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 7, 1994
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Waldemar Januszczak
(Journalist)
Waldemar Januszczak
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Birthdate: January 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Basingstoke
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Adolphe Adam
(French Music Critic, Teacher, and Composer Best Remembered for His Ballets, 'Le corsaire' and 'Giselle')
Adolphe Adam
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Birthdate: July 24, 1803
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 3, 1856

Adolphe Adam was a French music critic, teacher, and composer. Best remembered for his ballets, Le corsaire and Giselle, Adam was a prolific composer for the theatre. Adolphe Adam is credited with developing the French form of opera along with his teacher Adrien Boieldieu and his older contemporary Daniel Auber.

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Michael Winner
(Film director)
Michael Winner
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Birthdate: October 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: January 21, 2013
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F.R. Leavis
(Literature Critic)
F.R. Leavis
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Listed In: Literary Critics
Birthdate: July 14, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Died: April 14, 1978
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Louis Aragon
(French Poet and Novelist)
Louis Aragon
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Birthdate: October 3, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 24, 1982
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Paul Dukas
(French Composer Best Known for the Orchestral Piece 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice')
Paul Dukas
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Birthdate: October 1, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 17, 1935

Best known for his masterpiece The Sorcerer's Apprentice, French composer Paul Dukas was admired by both conservative and progressive French musicians. Born to a pianist mother, Dukas had begun composing while recovering from an ailment at age 14. Shortly before his death, he destroyed most of his manuscripts.

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Harold Bloom
(Most famous literary critic in the English-speaking world 2017)
Harold Bloom
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Birthdate: July 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 14, 2019
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Pauline Kael
(Film critic, Writer, Journalist)
Pauline Kael
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Birthdate: June 19, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Petaluma
Died: September 3, 2001
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Brian Sewell
(journalist, autobiographer, art critic, art historian)
Brian Sewell
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Listed In: Art Critics
Birthdate: June 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
Died: September 19, 2015
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Molly Meldrum
(Australian Record Producer, Music Critic, Musical Entrepreneur, and Journalist)
Molly Meldrum
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Birthdate: January 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orbost