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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" was the cover story for the June 2014 issue of Harper's Magazine.[5] Random House acquired Newton's forthcoming book about the science and superstition of ancestry.[6]

Maud Newton
BornMay 21, 1971 (1971-05-21) (age 48)
EducationUniversity of Florida
OccupationWriter and Critic
Spouse(s)Maximus Clarke

She was awarded the 2009 Narrative Prize Fiction, for "When the Flock Changed."[7] 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.[8][9] 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.[10]

Newton first became known as the founder of an early litblog.[11][12][13][14]

Personal lifeEdit

Newton was raised in a fundamentalist household.[15][16][17] She grew up in Miami.[18][19] She attended college and law school at the University of Florida.[20][21] In 1999 she moved to Brooklyn and since 2016 she has resided in Queens.[22][23] She has written about her father's racism.[24][25]


  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. "When the Flock Changed". Narrative Magazine. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
  8. ^ Newton, Maud (2014-02-11). "Maud Newton Writing".
  10. ^ Newton, Maud. "Maud Newton Writing". Retrieved 2008-04-15.
  11. ^ "Where to Find Digital Lit". Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  12. ^ "Blog Blog Blog". Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  13. ^ "What Are the Blogs Saying About Me?". Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  14. ^ "Are Book Reviewers Out of Print?". Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Newton, By Maud. "Off the Shelf: Maud Newton's life - a novel, not a memoir". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  17. ^ Newton, Maud (2016-12-26). "Fundamentalist Horror Film". The Awl. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  18. ^ "My ode to an enchanted hotel, in Oxford American". 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  19. ^ McNally, John (2007-03-06). When I Was a Loser: True Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781416539377.
  20. ^ "Amazon Book Review". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  21. ^ Newton, By Maud. "Off the Shelf: Maud Newton's life - a novel, not a memoir". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  22. ^ "Goodbye, Brooklyn! Hi, Queens, hiiiiiiii". 2016-04-16. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  23. ^ "Maud Newton (@maudnewton) | Twitter". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  24. ^ "Catapult | TinyLetter of the Month: Maud Newton, "Notes from the Child of a White Supremacist"". Catapult. 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  25. ^ Newton, Maud (June 2014). "America's Ancestry Craze". Harper's Magazine. ISSN 0017-789X. Retrieved 2018-05-27.

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