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The following list of literary critics includes those who have written literary criticism in English, irrespective of country or time period. When known, the critic's birth and death dates and country are given.

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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  1. Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1938), England
  2. Arthur Henry Adams (1872-1936), Australia / New Zealand
  3. John Aikin (1747-1822), England
  4. James Arbuckle (1700-1742?), Ireland
  5. Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), England
  6. Thomas Arnold (1823-1900), England
  7. Dorothy Auchterlonie (1915-1991), Australia
  8. W.H. Auden (1907-1973), England / United States

B[edit | edit source]

  1. Paul Batchelor (born 1977), England
  2. James Bannister (?1750-1816 fl.), England
  3. Edward Baugh (born 1936), Jamaica
  4. Joseph Warren Beach (1880-1957), United States
  5. Patricia Beer (1919-1999), England
  6. Richard Bentley (1662-1742), England
  7. Ambrose Bierce (1842-1913), United States
  8. John Peale Bishop (1892-1944), United States
  9. R.P. Blackmur (1904-1965), United States
  10. E.D. Blodgett (born 1935), Canada
  11. Harold Bloom (born 1930), United States
  12. Edmund Blunden (1896-1974), England
  13. Louise Bogan (1897-1970), United States
  14. Amy Bonner (1891-1955), United States
  15. William Lisle Bowles (1762-1850), England
  16. Di Brandt (born 1952), Canada
  17. John Le Gay Brereton (1871-1933), Australia
  18. John Malcolm Brinnin (1916-1998), United States
  19. Stopford A. Brooke (1832-1916), Ireland
  20. Cleanth Brooks (1906-1994), United States
  21. E.K. Brown (1905-1951), Canada
  22. Sterling A. Brown (1901-1989), United States
  23. Francis Fisher Browne (1843-1913), United States
  24. Howard Buck (1894-1947), United States
  25. Stephen Burt (born 1971), United States

C[edit | edit source]

  1. Harry J. Cargas (1932-1998), United States
  2. Hayden Carruth (1921-2008), United States
  3. Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), England
  4. W.E. Collin (1893-1984), Canada
  5. Charles Cowden Clarke (1787-1877), England
  6. John Churton Collins (1848-1908), England
  7. William John Courthope (1842-1917), England
  8. Malcolm Cowley (1898-1989), United States
  9. T.W.H. Crosland (1865-1924), England

D[edit | edit source]

  1. Richard Henry Dana, Sr. (1787-1879), United States
  2. George Darley (1795-1846), Ireland
  3. Frank Davey (born 1940), Canada
  4. Edward L. Davison (1898-1970), Scotland / United States
  5. John Dennis (1657-1734), England
  6. Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814-1902), Ireland
  7. Wentworth Dillon (?1633-1685), England
  8. Sandra Djwa (born 1939), Canada
  9. K.V. Dominic (born 1956), India
  10. Jeffery Donaldson (born 1960), Canada
  11. Edward Dowden (1843-1913), Ireland
  12. Nathan Drake (1766-1836), England
  13. John Drinkwater (1882-1937), England
  14. John Dryden (1631-1700), England
  15. Andrew Duncan (born 1956), England
  16. Douglas Dunn (born 1942), Scotland
  17. Rachel Blau DuPlessis (born 1941), United States
  18. Alexander Dyce (1798-1869), Scotland

E[edit | edit source]

  1. Leon Edel (1907-1997), Canada / United States
  2. Pelham Edgar (1871-1948), Canada
  3. David Eggleton (born 1952), New Zealand
  4. T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), United States / England
  5. William Empson (1906-1984), England
  6. Paul Engle (1908-1991), United States
  7. D.J. Enright (1920-2002), England

F[edit | edit source]

  1. James Fenton (born 1949), England
  2. Ian Fletcher (1920-1988), England
  3. Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939), England
  4. John Frederick Freeman (1880-1929), England
  5. Northrop Frye (1912-1991), Canada

G[edit | edit source]

  1. Keith Garebian (born 1943), Canada
  2. Richard Garnett (1835-1906), England
  3. H.W. Garrod (1878-1960), England
  4. Sandra M. Gilbert (born 1936), United States
  5. Susan Glickman (born 1953), Canada
  6. Michael Gnarowski (born 1934), Canada
  7. Rigoberto González (born 1970), United States
  8. Sir Edmund Gosse (1849-1928), England
  9. Robert Graves (1895-1985), England
  10. Richard Greene (born 1961), Canada
  11. Horace Gregory (1898-1982), United States
  12. Rufus Wilmot Griswold (1812-1857), United States
  13. Allen Grossman (1932-2014), United States
  14. Charles Guenther (1920-2008), United States
  15. Jason Guriel (born 1978), Canada

H[edit | edit source]

Leigh Hunt

  1. John Wesley Hales (1836-1914), England
  2. Michael Hamburger (1924-2007), England
  3. Kevin Hart (born 1954), Australia
  4. Lawrence Hart (1901-1996), United States
  5. Robert Bernard Hass (born 1962), United States
  6. Beatrice Hastings (1879-1943), England
  7. Brooks Haxton (born 1950), United States
  8. Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830-1886), United States
  9. William Hazlitt (1778-1830), England
  10. Henry Headley (1765-1788), England
  11. John Heath-Stubbs (1918-2006), England
  12. William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), England
  13. Thomas K. Hervey (1799-1859), England
  14. Edward Hirsch (born 1950), United States
  15. Allen Hoey (1952-2010), United States
  16. Michael Hofmann (born 1957), England
  17. David Holbrook (123-2011), England
  18. John Hollander (1929-2013), United States
  19. John Holloway (1920-1999), England
  20. Jeremy Hooker (born 1941), Wales
  21. A.D. Hope (1907-2000), Australia
  22. Richard Henry Horne (1802-1884), England / Australia
  23. William Dean Howells (1837-1920), United States
  24. T.E. Hulme (1883-1917), England
  25. Michael Hulse (born 1955), England
  26. Leigh Hunt (1784-1856), England 

J[edit | edit source]

Samuel Johnson

  1. Clive James (born 1939), England
  2. Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), United States
  3. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), England
  4. D.G. Jones (1929-2016), Canada
  5. Howard Mumford Jones (1892-1980), United States
  6. John Jones (1924-2016), England
  7. John Jordan (1930-1988), Ireland

K[edit | edit source]

Smaro Kamboureli

  1. Smaro Kamboureli (born 1955), Canada
  2. W.J. Keith (born 1934), Canada
  3. Tim Kendall (born 1970), England
  4. Hugh Kenner (1923-2003), Canada
  5. W.P. Ker (1825-1923), Scotland
  6. Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), United States
  7. Adam Kirsch (born 1976), United States

L[edit | edit source]

  1. Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scotland
  2. F.R. Leavis (1895-1978), England
  3. Dennis Lee (born 1939), Canada
  4. Michael Lista (born 1983), Canada
  5. John Gibson Lockhart (1794-1854), Scotland
  6. William Logan (born 1950), United States

M[edit | edit source]

Edmond Malone

  1. Nathaniel Mackey (born 1947), United States
  2. Archibald MacMechan (1862-1933), Canada
  3. Edmond Malone (1741-1812), Ireland
  4. Tom Marshall (1938-1993), Canada
  5. James McAuley (1917-1976), Australia
  6. J.D. McClatchy (born 1945), United States
  7. H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), United States
  8. Francis Meres (1565-1647), England
  9. William Minto (1845-1893), Scotland
  10. Marion Montgomery (1925-2011), United States
  11. Elizabeth Moody (1737-1814), England
  12. George P. Morris (1802-1864), United States
  13. Howard Moss (1982-1987), United States
  14. Louise Chandler Moulton (1835-1908), United States
  15. Edwin Muir (1887-1959), Orkney Islands
  16. John Middleton Murry (1889-1957), England
  17. Frederic W.H. Myers (1843-1901), England

N[edit | edit source]

Yoni Noguchi

  1. Leonard E. Nathan (1924-2007), United States
  2. Howard Nemerov (1920-1991), United States
  3. John Neal (1793-1876), United States
  4. W.H. New (born 1938), Canada
  5. Gerald Nicosia (born 1949), United States
  6. Yone Noguchi (1875-1947), Japan, United States
  7. Christopher North (1785-1854), Scotland

O[edit | edit source]

  1. Geoffrey O'Brien (born 1948), United States
  2. Sean O'Brien (born 1952), England
  3. Thomas O'Hagan (1855-1939), Canada
  4. Meghan O'Rourke (born 1976), United States
  5. David Orr (born 1974), United States
  6. Fintan O’Toole (born 1958), Ireland

P[edit | edit source]

Francis Turner Palgrave

  1. Desmond Pacey (1917-1975), Canada
  2. Francis Turner Palgrave (1824-1897), England
  3. Herbert Edward Palmer (1880-1961), England
  4. Jay Parini (born 1948), United States
  5. Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), United States
  6. Thomas Parkinson (1920-1992), United States
  7. Walter Pater (1839-1894), England
  8. Coventry Patmore (1823-1896), England
  9. Tom Paulin (born 1949), England
  10. Bob Perelman (born 1947), United States
  11. Marjorie Perloff (born 1931), United States
  12. Robert Peters (1924-2014), United States
  13. Lorne Pierce (1890-1961), Canada
  14. Vivian de Sola Pinto (1895-1969), England
  15. Mark Pirie (born 1974), New Zealand
  16. Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), United States
  17. Robert Polito (born 1951), United States
  18. Ezra Pound (1885-1972), United States
  19. John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), Wales
  20. Kevin Prufer (born 1969), United States
  21. George Puttenham (1529-1590), England

Q[edit | edit source]

  1. Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944), England

R[edit | edit source]

John Crowe Ransom

  1. Ernest Radford (1857-1919), England
  2. Kathleen Raine (1908-2003), England
  3. John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974), United States
  4. Henry Hope Reed (1808-1854), United States
  5. Joan Retallack (born 1941), United States
  6. James Richardson (born 1950), United States
  7. Joseph Ritson (1752-1803), England
  8. Jessie B. Rittenhouse (1869-1948), United States
  9. William Caldwell Roscoe (1823-1859), England
  10. Malcolm Ross (1911-2002), Canada
  11. John Ruskin (1819-1900), England
  12. Thomas Rymer (1641-1713), England

S[edit | edit source]

F.R. Scott

Vijay Seshadri

Richard Steele

  1. George Saintsbury (1845-1933), England
  2. Peter Sanger (born 1943), Canada
  3. Dan Schneider (born 1965), United States
  4. Stephen Scobie (born 1943), Canada
  5. F.R. Scott (1899-1985), Canada
  6. Vijay Seshadri (born 1954), United States
  7. John Campbell Shairp (1819-1885), Scotland
  8. David Shapiro (born 1947), United States
  9. Iain Sharp (born 1953), New Zealand
  10. Eli Siegel (1902-1978), United States
  11. Ron Silliman (orn 1946), United States
  12. Dame Edith Sitwell (1887–1964), England
  13. David R. Slavitt (born 1935), United States
  14. Vivian Smith (born 1933), Australia
  15. David Solway (born 1941), Canada
  16. Gilbert Sorrentino (1929-2006), United States
  17. Juliana Spahr (born 1966), United States
  18. Joseph Spence (1699-1768), England
  19. J.C. Squire (1884-1958), England
  20. Radcliffe Squires (1917-1993), United States
  21. Carmine Starnino (born 1970), Canada
  22. Jon Stallworthy (born 1935), England
  23. C.K. Stead (born 1932), New Zealand
  24. Edmund Clarence Stedman (1833-1908), United States
  25. Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729), England
  26. A.G. Stephens (1865-1933), Australia
  27. Susan Stewart (born 1952), United States
  28. Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1903), United States
  29. Marion Strobel (1895-1967), United States
  30. John Sutherland (1919-1956), Canada
  31. Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), England
  32. Arthur Symons (1865-1945), England

T[edit | edit source]

  1. Bayard Taylor (1825-1878), United States
  2. William Taylor (1765-1836), England
  3. William Roscoe Thayer (1859-1923), United States
  4. Lorenzo Thomas (1944-2005), United States
  5. Angela Topping (born 1954), England
  6. Richard Marggraf Turley (born 1970), Wales

U[edit | edit source]

  1. Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977), United States

V[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Van Doren (1894-1972), United States
  2. Pasquale Verdicchio (born 1954), Canada

W[edit | edit source]

Edmund Wilson

  1. John Wain (1925-1994), England
  2. William Sidney Walker (1795-1846), England
  3. Adolphus William Ward (1837-1924), England
  4. Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989), United States
  5. Joseph Warton (1722-1800), England
  6. Thomas Warton (1728-1790), England
  7. Theodore Watts-Dunton (1832-1914), England
  8. William Webbe (1568-1591 fl.), England 
  9. Zachariah Wells (born 1976), Canada 
  10. Edwin Percy Whipple (1819-1886), England 
  11. Elizabeth Willis (born 1961), United States 
  12. Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867), United States 
  13. Edmund Wilson (1895-1972), United States
  14. John Wilson (1785-1854), Scotland
  15. Yvor Winters (1900-1968), United States
  16. George E. Woodberry (1855-1930), United States
  17. George Woodcock (1912-1995), Canada

Y[edit | edit source]

  1. Stephen Yenser (born 1941), United States
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