Nora Sayre

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Nora Sayre
Born Nora Clemens Sayre
September 20, 1932
Hamilton, Bermuda
Died August 8, 2001(2001-08-08) (aged 68)
New York City
  • Writer
  • film critic

Nora Clemens Sayre (September 20, 1932 – August 8, 2001) was an American film critic and essayist. She was a reviewer of films for The New York Times in the 1970s, and, from 1981, a writing teacher at Columbia University for many years.[1] She specialised in the Cold War and authored books such as Running Time: Films of the Cold War (1982) in which she examined Hollywood movie-making in the 1950s.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Hamilton, Bermuda, her father was Joel Sayre of The New Yorker; her childhood friends were A. J. Liebling and Edmund Wilson.[1]

She attended Friends Seminary,[3] and was a graduate of Radcliffe College.[4]

She married Robert Neild in 1957 but the marriage was dissolved four years later.[1] She died in 2001, at the age of 68, in New York City.


The Nora Sayre Endowed Residency for Nonfiction was created at Yaddo, an artists' community in Saratoga Springs, New York, to support her literary legacy.[5]


  • (1973) Sixties Going on Seventies (Arbor House; reprinted 1996, Rutgers University Press) ISBN 9780385276214
  • (1982) Running time: Films of the Cold War (Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group) ISBN 9780385276214
  • (2001) On the Wing: A Young American Abroad (Counterpoint) ISBN 9781582431444


  1. ^ a b c "Nora Sayre obituary". The Independent. September 7, 2001. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher (August 9, 2001). "Nora Sayre, Film Critic And Essayist, Dies at 68". The New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  3. ^ White, Elwyn Brooks; Guth, Dorothy Lobrano (November 16, 2006). Letters of E.B. White. HarperCollins. pp. 158–. ISBN 978-0-06-075708-3. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
  4. ^ Rathbone, Belinda (2000). Walker Evans: A Biography. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 228–. ISBN 978-0-618-05672-9. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
  5. ^ Weiner, Tim (May 20, 2008). Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. Random House, Inc. pp. 603–. ISBN 978-0-307-38900-8. Retrieved January 16, 2011.

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