Sara Maitland

Standard Name: Maitland, Sara
Birth Name: Sara Louise Maitland
Married Name: Sara Lee
Publishing from the later twentieth century, SM has produced poetry, short stories, novels, feminist theology, biography, hagiography, social and literary criticism, and gardening books. She has written for radio, television, and periodicals.


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Anthologization Michèle Roberts
This book was Fell's brainchild. Other contributors included Kathy Acker on Lust (whom MR admires for the riproaring language in which she writes of sexual violence), Zoë Fairbairns on Covetousness, Fell herself of Sloth, and...
Friends, Associates Michèle Roberts
MR 's memoir, Paper Houses, features a huge roster of close friends warmly evoked, some of them long-term commitments and others belonging to some particular period of her life. They include many women who...
Friends, Associates Zoë Fairbairns
ZF formed a feminist collective with fellow writers and socialists Sara Maitland , Valerie Miner , Michèle Roberts , and Michelene Wandor .
Fairbairns, Zoë et al., editors. Tales I Tell My Mother. Journeyman.
Intertextuality and Influence Zoë Fairbairns
People she thanks for helping (for instance, in interviews) with the research for this book include Rosie Boycott , Sara Maitland , Jeanette Winterson , and her own parents. Part of the novel grew from...
Intertextuality and Influence Michèle Roberts
It was Sara Maitland who suggested that the twins in this novel should be introduced while still in the womb.
Roberts, Michèle. Paper Houses. Virago.
Literary responses Germaine Greer
A female gynaecologist mentioned in the book as uncaring and insensitive successfully sued Greer for damages.
Wallace, Christine. Germaine Greer: Untamed Shrew. Richard Cohen Books.
The Penguin paperback which followed the year after publication came garlanded with praise from British feminist writers: Wendy Cope
Literary responses Michèle Roberts
MR 's essay contributed to Walking on the Water: Women Talk about Spirituality (edited by Sara Maitland and Jo Garcia in early 1983) directly affected her love-life. Her current boyfriend said her essay was not...
Literary responses Marina Warner
Amanda Craig , reviewing for the Observer, invoked recent studies in the same field by Sara Maitland and Philip Pullman , before pronouncing Warner's book to be a little gem, on account of the...
politics Nadine Gordimer
NG regarded it as an act of loyalty to be critical when appropriate of the African National Congress once it was in power, and of President Thabo Mbeki , who was the second post-apartheit president...
Publishing Zoë Fairbairns
Photographs of contributors (including Kathy Acker , Leslie Dick , Sara Maitland , Agnes Owens , and Michèle Roberts ) adorn the back cover. Amanda Faulkner provided the illustrations.
Reception Angela Carter
Nights at the Circus, which was long-listed for the Booker Prize, remains AC 's best known work.
Gamble, Sarah. Angela Carter. A Literary Life. Palgrave Macmillan.
Lee, Alison. Angela Carter. Twayne.
The fact that it did not make the short-list (the Booker that year went to...
Textual Features Sally Purcell
SP included poems of her own in the volume, though the title poem is not hers but Sara Maitland 's.
Textual Features Michelene Wandor
Textual Production Michèle Roberts
MR 's work with Spare Rib won her an invitation to join the writing-editing collective of Zoë Fairbairns , Sara Maitland , Valerie Miner , and Michelene Wandor (who were already published authors), working on...
Textual Production Emma Tennant
During the 1960s ET wrote for magazines like Queen and Vogue. She was founder-editor of Bananas, a journal of new writing that ran from 1975 to 1981 and attracted contributors like Angela Carter


7 March 203: In the reign of the Emperor Septimius Severus,...

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7 March 203

In the reign of the Emperor Septimius Severus , Perpetua , author of the earliest surviving text in Latin by a woman, was martyred at Carthage in North Africa.

17 April 1695: Sor (Sister) Juana Inez de la Cruz, nun and...

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17 April 1695

Sor (Sister) Juana Inez de la Cruz , nun and writer, the greatest poet the American continent produced in the seventeenth century,
“The Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Project”. Dartmouth College: Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
died in her convent in Mexico City.

1868: Actress and music-hall star Vesta Tilley...

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Actress and music-hall star Vesta Tilley (born Matilda Alice Powles) made her stage debut at the age of four at the Theatre Royal in Gloucester.

By mid-October 1983: Ursula Owen, editor of Virago Press, published...

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By mid-October 1983

Ursula Owen , editor of Virago Press , published with them an anthology of essays: Fathers: Reflections by Daughters.


Maitland, Sara. A Big-Enough God. Mowbray, 1994.
Maitland, Sara. A Book of Silence. Granta, 2008.
Maitland, Sara. “A Feminist Writer’s Progress”. On Gender and Writing, edited by Michelene Wandor, Pandora Press, 1983, pp. 17-23.
Maitland, Sara. A Map of the New Country. Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983.
Maitland, Sara. Angel and Me. Mowbray, 1995.
Maitland, Sara. Angel Maker. Holt, 1996.
Maitland, Sara, and Michelene Wandor. Arky Types. Methuen, 1987.
Maitland, Sara. Awesome God. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2002.
Maitland, Sara. Brittle Joys. Virago, 1999.
Maitland, Sara. Daughter of Jerusalem. Blond and Briggs, 1978.
Maitland, Sara. Far North and Other Dark Tales. Maia, 2008.
Maitland, Sara. Gossip from the Forest. Granta, 2012.
Maitland, Sara. Home Truths. Chatto and Windus, 1993.
Maitland, Sara. “In search of silence”. Guardian Weekly, p. 44.
Maitland, Sara, and Mary Brunton. “Introduction”. Self-Control, Pandora, 1986, p. ix - xi.
Fairbairns, Zoë et al., editors. More Tales I Tell My Mother. Journeyman, 1987.
Maitland, Sara. Moss Witch. Comma Press, 2014.
Maitland, Sara. On Becoming a Fairy Godmother. Maia, 2003.
Fairbairns, Zoë et al., editors. Tales I Tell My Mother. Journeyman, 1978.
Maitland, Sara. Telling Tales. Journeyman, 1983.
Maitland, Sara. “The joys of solitude”. Guardian Weekly.
Maitland, Sara, editor. The Martyrdom of Perpetua. Arthur James, 1996.
Appignanesi, Lisa, and Sara Maitland, editors. The Rushdie File. Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA); Fourth Estate, 1989.
Maitland, Sara. “The sound of silence”. Mslexia, No. 21, pp. 20-1.
Maitland, Sara. Three Times Table. Chatto and Windus, 1990.