William F. Buckley Jr.

American public intellectual, conservative author, & political commentator born in 1925.

Thomas Carlyle

Scottish cultural critic, essayist, historian, lecturer, mathematician, philosopher, & translator born in 1795.

Vittorio Mussolini

Italian film critic, producer, & son of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

Samuel Johnson

English writer, critic, editor, & lexicographer born in 1709. Considered greatest critic of English literature.

Theophile Gautier

French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, & art and literary critic born in 1811.

H. L. Mencken

American journalist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic, and scholar born in 1880.

René Doumic

French critic & man of letters born in 1860. Known as uncompromising literary critic of the Revue des Deux Mondes.

Pauline Kael

American film critic, born in 1919, who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991.

August Vermeylen

Belgian writer, literary critic, & professor born in 1872. Founder of the literary journal Van Nu en Straks.