Literary Critics

Literary critics are people who critique a book or novel. Their intellectually stimulating review of a book is eagerly awaited by avid readers and help them make their mind whether to read a particular book or not. Here is a list of famous literary critics from all over the world. The list contains well-known literary critics, such as Charles Du Bos, Evelyn Waugh, Theodor W. Adorno, George Plimpton and many more.

 1 Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 2 Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: April 10, 1966
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 3 Theodor W. Adorno

Theodor W. Adorno
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 11, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: August 6, 1969

 4 George Plimpton

George Plimpton
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: March 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 26, 2003

 5 Stanisław Lem

Stanisław Lem
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Polish
Died: March 27, 2006

 6 Andre Aciman

Andre Aciman
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Egyptian, American

 7 McCaughey septuplets

McCaughey septuplets
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: American
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 8 Lytton Strachey

Giles Lytton Strachey
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 1, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: January 21, 1932

 9 Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 10 William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 23, 1849
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: July 11, 1903

 11 Johann Gottfried Herder

Johann Gottfried Herder
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: August 25, 1744
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German, Polish
Died: December 18, 1803

 12 Terry Eagleton

Terry Eagleton
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Famous As: Literary critic
Birthdate: February 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 13 Ford Madox Ford

Ford Madox Ford
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: June 26, 1939

 14 Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 15 Charles Maurras

Charles Maurras
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 20, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
Died: November 16, 1952

 16 Northrop Frye

Northrop Frye
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Famous As: Writer, Philosopher, Educationist, Cleric, Poet, Literary critic
Birthdate: July 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Died: January 23, 1991

 17 Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 18 I. A. Richards

I. A. Richards
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: February 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British, American
Died: September 7, 1979

 19 Ernest Renan

Ernest Renan
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: February 27, 1823
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: October 2, 1892

 20 Annie Dillard

Meta Ann Doak
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 21 Walter Pater

Walter Pater
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Famous As: Essayist
Birthdate: August 4, 1839
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: July 30, 1894

 22 Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
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Famous As: Academic Scholar
Birthdate: May 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 12, 2009

 23 F.R. Leavis

F.R. Leavis
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Famous As: Literature Critic
Birthdate: July 14, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: April 14, 1978

 24 Elaine Showalter

Elaine Showalter
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Famous As: Literary critic
Birthdate: January 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 25 George Steiner

George Steiner
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Famous As: Philosopher, Novelist, Writer, University teacher, Literary critic, Journalist
Birthdate: April 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French, American

 26 George Henry Lewes

George Henry Lewes
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 18, 1817
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: November 30, 1878

 27 Maryse Condé

Maryse Condé
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French, Guadeloupean

 28 Stanley Fish

Stanley Fish
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: April 19, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 29 Sir Leslie Stephen

Sir Leslie Stephen
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 28, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: February 22, 1904

 30 Nikolay Chernyshevsky

Nikolay Chernyshevsky
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Famous As: Critic
Birthdate: July 24, 1828
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Russian
Died: October 29, 1889

 31 Rufus Wilmot Griswold

Rufus Wilmot Griswold
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Literary critic, Poet
Birthdate: February 13, 1815
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 27, 1857

 32 William Dean Howells

William Dean Howells
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 1, 1837
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: May 11, 1920

 33 Édouard Glissant

Édouard Glissant
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 21, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French
Died: February 3, 2011

 34 Paul Fussell

Paul Fussell
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: March 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 23, 2012

 35 Viktor Shklovsky

Viktor Shklovsky
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 24, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian
Died: December 6, 1984

 36 Friedrich Schlegel

Friedrich Schlegel
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 10, 1772
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: January 12, 1829

 37 Herbert Read

Herbert Read
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Famous As: Art Historian
Birthdate: December 4, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: June 12, 1968

 38 E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
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Famous As: Literary critic and Educator
Birthdate: March 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 39 John Forster

John Forster
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Famous As: Biographer
Birthdate: April 2, 1812
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: February 2, 1876

 40 William Empson

William Empson
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Famous As: Literary Critic
Birthdate: September 27, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: April 15, 1984

 41 John Cowper Powys

John Cowper Powys
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 8, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: June 17, 1963

 42 Cleanth Brooks

Cleanth Brooks
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Famous As: Literary critic
Birthdate: October 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: May 10, 1994

 43 Ahmed Ali

Ahmed Ali
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian, Pakistani
Died: January 14, 1994

 44 Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi

Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 20, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: July 10, 2006

 45 James Blish

James Blish
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: July 30, 1975

 46 M. H. Abrams

M. H. Abrams
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Famous As: Literary Critic
Birthdate: July 23, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2015

 47 John Bayley

John Bayley
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Famous As: Literary critic
Birthdate: March 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: January 12, 2015

 48 James Fenton

James Fenton
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 49 Vissarion Belinsky

Vissarion Belinsky
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Famous As: Literary critic
Birthdate: June 11, 1811
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian
Died: June 7, 1848

 50 Sheridan Morley

Sheridan Morley
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: February 16, 2007
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