ELAINE FEINSTEIN (1930 - )
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Elaine Feinstein was born in Liverpool, brought up in Leicester, and educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. She has worked as a University Lecturer, a subeditor, and a free-lance journalist. Since 1980 she has lived as a full-time writer . In the same year, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 1990, she received a Cholmondeley award for Poetry, and was given an Honorary D.Litt from the University of Leicester. She has written fourteen novels, of which the BORDeR, LOVING BReCHT, DReaMeRS, LaDY CHaTTeRLeY's CONFeSSION --- a sequel to D.H. Lawrence novel in the spirit of Jean Rhys--- and her most recent, DaRK INHeRITaNCe, all remain in print. She has written radio plays, television Dramas, and five biographies; the last of these, TeD HUGHeS: the LIFe OF a POeT, was short listed for the biennial Marsh Biography Prize. She has travelled extensively ; in Russia for GB/USSR in 1978; and for the British Council in France, Spain, Italy, Rumania, India, and South east Asia. She has been invited to read her work at festivals such as Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Charleston, and Dartington; at Universities across the United States; and at international events in Toronto, Paris, Milan, Rome, Jerusalem, Adelaide, New York, Wellington and others. In 1993, she was Writer in Residence for the British Council in Singapore, and in 1996 in Tromso, Norway. She was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at Bellagio in 1998. Her novels and biographies have been translated into French, Spanish, German, Italian, Danish, Hungarian, Czech, Hebrew, and Chinese; and her poetry into French, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. Her versions of the poems of Marina Tsvetaeva ---for which she received three translation awards from the Arts Council---were first published in 1971, and remain in print from OUP/Carcanet in the UK and Penguin in usA. Her poems have been widely anthologised, and two were included in Christopher Ricks OXFORD BOOK OF English VeRSe. Her COLLeCTeD POeMS aND TRaNSLaTIONS (2002) was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. She has served as a Judge for the Gregory awards, the Independent Foreign Fiction award, and in 1995 was Chairman of the Judges for the T.S.eliot Prize. This year, she is a Judge for the National Poetry Competition. Her biography of anna akhmatova, aNNa OF aLL the RUSSIaS is published in July 2005.
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Lear's Daughters is a prequel to King Lear which 'imagines the upbringing of King Lear's three motherless daughters after the death of the Queen', (quotation taken from BBC Women's Hour website) and introduces an androgynous Fool and a Nurse who serve as mother-figures in the Queen's place. It was conceived by elaine Feinstein in 1987 and then, following a series of workshops, produced into the 90-minute-long text it is today by the Women's theatre Group (WTG).
in "Griffin, Gabriele & aston, elaine (ed.), Herstory Vol.2: Plays By Women For Women" Sheffield accademy, 1991 -
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