I'm writing a speech and my prof said using "literary snob" was too aggressive.

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    – livresque
    Nov 20, 2020 at 3:48
  • Definitely need clarification as to what "literary snob" means. There are those who pursue high standards for themselves or more widely (elitists); those who look down on those with lowbrow tastes or low standards (the condescending); those who enjoy intellectually challenging pursuits; those who are sticklers for proper grammar (pedants); those who specifically disdain genre literature or some other irrational pet peeve... Try a thesaurus and look up the candidates for their exact meaning.
    – Stuart F
    Nov 20, 2020 at 13:16

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I suggest highbrow

(of literature, art, music, films, or plays) serious and intended for intelligent educated people who know a lot about these forms of art, or (of people) intelligent and knowing a lot about such things

cambridge dictionary

The word does not have the pejorative overtones of snob

a person who respects and likes only people who are of a high social class, and/or a person who has extremely high standards who is not satisfied by the things that ordinary people like:

cambridge dictionary

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