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
Occupation
  • 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.

Legacy[edit]

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]

Bibliography[edit]

  • (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

References[edit]

  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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