Biographies written by Elaine Feinstein


Bessie Smith Lives of Modern Women Series

Penguin/Viking, 1986

A Captive Lion: The Life of Marina Tsvetayeva

Hutchinson, 1987

Lawrence's Women

  as Lawrence and The Women

HarperCollins, London, 1993;

New York, 1993


Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1998, Ecco U.S.

Ted Hughes - The Life of a Poet

Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2001

Anna of all the Russias: The Life of Anna Akhmatova

Weidenfeld and Nicholson,

Anna of all the Russias

Elaine Feinstein's biography of Anna Akhmatova was published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson in 2005 and Knopf in 2006. An extract is available online here. For reviews and further details see Elaine Feinstein's Anna Akhmatova page.

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Ted Hughes - The Life of a poet

Elaine Feinstein's biography of Ted Hughes was published in 2001 to critical acclaim. For reviews and further details see Elaine Feinstein's Ted Hughes page.

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A Captive Lion: The Life of Marina Tsvetayeva

Of Feinstein's biography of Marina Tsvetaeva Lady Antonia Fraser said : 'It is the most inspiring biography I have read this year.'

Lawrence's Women

Of Feinstein's D.H. LAWRENCE

'The real merit of this excellent book is its acutely sensitive response to Lawrence's autobiographical poetry, and its calm fair mindedness' Miranda Seymour SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'An account which no Lawrence lover, or hater, would wish to miss' FINANCIAL TIMES


Of Feinstein's PUSHKIN

'I felt in safe hands with Elaine Feinstein's PUSHKIN; she has the rare gift of being able to write a biography that unfolds as smoothly as an old fashioned novel. It made me want to rush off and read all Pushkin ever wrote.' Miranda Seymour, SUNDAY TIMES

'In presenting these paradoxes, Elaine Feinstein has produced an impressively rounded and compelling portrait of one of literature's great figures.' William Scammell, THE SPECTATOR

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