The article is devoted to the study of the literary and critical activity of the famous Tatar writer, publicist and playwright Fatih Husni (1908-1996). The subject of the research is the identification of genre features of F. Husni's critical heritage. A feature of his work in this field is the creation of a literary portrait of the writer based on a comprehensive study of the literary works of a particular author. To date, there are no scientific works devoted to the analysis of the genre system of F. Husni’s literary and critical texts, which is the novelty of this study. The first critical materials under study were published during a difficult period of development of literary criticism – in the 1930s. Despite the fact that his main activity was literary creativity, F. Husni also followed the literary process, regularly expressed his attitude to the trends in the development of literature, noting literary finds, creative successes, as well as shortcomings in the literary and aesthetic searches of individual writers. The creative peak of the writer in the field of literary criticism can be considered his work in the 1960s-1980s. The article makes evidence-based conclusions about the activities of F. Husni in the field of Tatar literary criticism, in enriching its genre system, expanding the subject. The use of the principle of historicism in close connection with comparative-historical, typological and analytical research methods made it possible to reveal the genre system and features of the genre of F. Husni's literary and critical heritage.Keywords: Fatih Husni, literary criticism, social and cultural conditions, genre, writer's criticism, aesthetic criticism.