Maud Newton

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Maud Newton
Born May 21, 1971 (1971-05-21) (age 46)
Dallas, Texas
Education University of Florida
Occupation Writer and Critic
Spouse(s) Maximus Clarke

Rebecca "Maud" Newton[1] is a writer, critic, and former lawyer born in Dallas, Texas in 1971 and raised in Miami, Florida.[2][3][4] Newton's article on "America's Ancestry Craze" is the cover story for the June 2014 issue of Harper's Magazine.[5] Random House has acquired Newton's forthcoming book about the science and superstition of ancestry.[6]

Newton was raised in a fundamentalist household.[7] She attended college and law school at the University of Florida and currently resides in Brooklyn.[8][9][10]

She was awarded the 2009 Narrative Prize for "When the Flock Changed," an excerpt from her novel-in-progress.[11] Her writing has been published in venues such as Harper's Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Bookforum, Narrative Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, The Awl, Tin House, Granta, the Los Angeles Times, Oxford American, and Humanities Magazine, among others.[12][13] In 2004 she received the Irwin and Alice Stark Short Fiction Award from the City College of New York and in June 2008 she won second prize in the Narrative Magazine Love Story Contest.[14]

Newton first became known as the founder of an early litblog.[15][16][17][18]


  1. ^ "Site Read: We chat with the founders of three of our favorite websites". Entertainment Weekly. 2006-06-15. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Q&A: Maud Newton on why we’re obsessed with genealogy". Dallas Morning News. 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Investigating Our Ancestors". KERA Radio. 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Newton", "Maud" (2011-05-19). "The Rapture Meets My 40th Birthday". The Awl. Retrieved 2015-05-25. 
  5. ^ Newton, Maud (2014-05-17). "America's Ancestry Craze". Harper's Magazine!. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  6. ^ "The History of Maud Newton". The Awl. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  7. ^ Newton, Maud (2013-03-22). "Oy Vey, Christian Soldiers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-11.  Newton, Maud (2014-04-04). "A Doubter in the Holy Land". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  8. ^ Newton, Maud (2010-03-22). "Sarah Palin's Planet Earth and the End Times". The Awl. 
  9. ^ Newton, Maud (2009-07-14). "Doubt". Bookforum. 
  10. ^ Newton, Maud (2008-03-16). "Hustle and merlot". BostonGlobe. 
  11. ^ Newton, Maud. "When the Flock Changed". Narrative Magazine. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  12. ^ Newton, Maud (2014-02-11). "Maud Newton Writing". 
  14. ^ Newton, Maud. "Maud Newton Writing". Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  15. ^ "Where to Find Digital Lit". Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  16. ^ "Blog Blog Blog". Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  17. ^ "What Are the Blogs Saying About Me?". Retrieved 2015-01-25. 
  18. ^ "Are Book Reviewers Out of Print?". Retrieved 2015-01-25. 

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