Elaine Feinstein

Elaine Feinstein, who died on 23 September 2019, was an award-winning poet, novelist and biographer. She grew up in Leicester and read English at Newnham College, Cambridge. She was the author of over thirty books, including fiction and biography, and wrote for radio and television. Her reviews and essays appeared regularly in The Poetry Review and elsewhere. Elaine Feinstein received many prizes, including a Cholmondeley Award for Poetry, Society of Authors’, Wingate and Arts Council Awards, the Daisy Miller Prize for her experimental novel The Circle (longlisted for the ‘lost’ Man Booker prize in 2010), and an Honorary D.Litt from the University of Leicester. Her books have been widely translated and she herself was a noted translator – of the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva in particular. She also wrote insightful biographies of Ted Hughes, Anna Akhmatova, Bessie Smith and others. Elaine Feinstein served on the Council of the Royal Society of Literature, of which she was a Fellow, as a judge of innumerable literary prizes, and as Chair of the Judges for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She received a Civil List Pension in 2010. Her book, The Clinic Memory: New and Selected Poems, was published by Carcanet in 2017.