MAYFIELD, SARA, 1905-1979


Journalist; writer; editor. Born– Tuscaloosa, Ala., September 10, 1905. Parents– James Jefferson and Susan Fitts (Martin) Mayfield. Married– John Allen Sellers, November 12, 1924 (divorced). Education– University of Paris, 1926; University of Chicago, 1927; A.B., Goucher College, 1928; University of London, 1928-89; M.A., University of Alabama, 1931; graduate work, Tulane University, 1943. Employed as a play reader, casting director, New York City, 1931-1932; Rockland County Theater, 1932; special correspondent, Baltimore Sun, 1928-1929; Paris Herald, 1929; New York Herald Tribune, 1931; Transradio Press, New York City, 1938-1945; Birmingham News, 1945-1946; assistant editor, University of Alabama Press, 1967-1969; contributing editor, 1969-1972. Honors– Alabama Library Association Literary Award, 1970.  Died January 10, 1979.


Obituary, New York Times, January 15, 1979


The Constant Circle; H.L. Mencken and His Friends. New York; Delacorte Press, 1968.

Exiles from Paradise; Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. New York; Delacorte Press, 1971.

Mona Lisa, the Woman in the Portrait; a Fictional Biography. New York; Grossett & Dunlap, 1974.


The papers of Sara Mayfield are held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.