Elaine Feinstein (born as Elaine Coolin; 24 October 1930 – 23 September 2019) was an English poet, novelist, short-story writer, playwright, biographer and translator. She was born in Bootle, Lancashire.
She wrote 14 novels, many radio plays, television dramas and five biographies, including A Captive Lion: the Life of Marina Tsvetaeva (1987) and Pushkin (1998). Ted Hughes: The Life of a Poet (2001) was shortlisted for the biennial Marsh Biography Prize.
Feinstein died on 23 September 2019 at the age of 88.
- Bessie Smith: Lives of Modern Women Series Penguin/Viking
- A Captive Lion: The Life of Marina Tsvetayeva Hutchinson, 1987
- Lawrence's Women HarperCollins, London, 1993; Lawrence and The Women New York, 1993
- Pushkin Weidenfeld & Nicolson; Ecco, U.S, 1998
- The Russian Jerusalem
- Ted Hughes: The Life of a Poet Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001
- Anna of all the Russias: A Life of Anna Akhmatova Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005; Knopf, 2006
- It Goes With The Territory: Memoirs of a Poet Alma Books, 2013
- Podcast interview with Elaine Feinstein at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
- "Elaine Feinstein – Talking to the Dead", 7 May 2007. BBC Woman's Hour (audio 9 min)] "Elaine Feinstein", Tuesday 2 July 2002]
- "She Means It When She Rhymes: Marina Tsvetaeva: Selected Poems". Review from Thumbscrew. No 17 – Winter 2000/1