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Sara Maitland

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Nationality  British
Education  University of Oxford
Role  Writer

Name  Sara Maitland
Period  1978–present
Children  Polly Lee, Adam Lee
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Born  Sarah Maitland 27 February 1950 (age 65) London, United Kingdom (1950-02-27)
Occupation  writer of short stories, novelist, amateur theologian
Genre  nonfiction, fiction, theology, gardening
Subject  Christianity, saints, lives of women, mythology, fairy tales
Notable works  Daughter of Jerusalem, "True North"/"Far North" (short story), A Big Enough God, A Book of Silence
Movies  Far North, Pleasures of War
Books  A Book of Silence, How to Be Alone, Gossip from the Forest, From the Forest: A Search fo, Daughter of Jerusalem
Similar People  Polly Lee, Michelene Wandor, Lisa Appignanesi, Asif Kapadia

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Sara Maitland (born 27 February 1950, London) is a British writer and feminist. An accomplished novelist, she is also known for her short stories. Her work has a magic realist tendency.


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Originally spelt Sarah Maitland, she was the second of six children to an upper-class London family, which she has described as "very open and noisy". In her childhood she went to school in a small Wiltshire town and attended a girls' boarding school from age twelve until her admission to university. Maitland thought this school a terrible place and became very excitable.

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Growing up, Maitland developed a wild reputation: in 1966 she scandalised one of her brothers by winning a foot race in a very short cotton dress. On entering Oxford University in 1968 to study English, she was friends with future US President, Bill Clinton "and a regular visitor at 46 Leckford Road, a house Clinton shared with Frank Aller, Jana (Jan) Brenning and Strobe Talbot". and suffered from problems of mental disarray and inability to carry out routine tasks. During her college years, Maitland was taken to a mental hospital on several occasions for this reason, but she completed her course and soon turned to writing.

Maitland became regarded as one of those at the vanguard of the 1970s feminist movement and is often described as a feminist writer. Religion is another theme in much of her work: from 1972 to 1993 she was married to an Anglican priest. In 1993 she became a Roman Catholic. In 1995 she worked with Stanley Kubrick on the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

She has two grown-up children. Maitland's daughter Polly Lee is an actress best known for her work on the American television series The Americans and Gotham. Maitland's son Adam Lee is a photographer best known for his photographic series Identity Documents and his work with Look - Liverpool International Photography Festival. Since Adam left college, Maitland has moved towards a solitary and prayerful life in a variety of locations, first of all on the Isle of Skye and ultimately in her present house in Galloway. She says today that she wants to avoid most of the comforts of life, especially those that intrude into her quest for silence such as mobile phones, radio, television and even her son. She has described these changes in her life and the experiences leading to them in the autobiographical "A Book of Silence". Maitland lectures part-time for Lancaster University's MA in Creative Writing and is a Fellow of St Chad's College, Durham University.

Maitland's 2003 collection of short stories, On Becoming a Fairy Godmother, is a fictional celebration of the menopausal woman, whilst the title story of 2008's Far North was originally published as "True North" in her first collection Telling Tales and was made into a film of the same title in 2007. The rest of Far North collects dark mythological tales from around the world.


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