Elaine Feinstein

Elaine Feinstein is a poet and novelist. Her Selected Poems came out from Carcanet in 1994.

Poem: ‘Tony’

Elaine Feinstein, 18 April 1996

It was February in Provence and the local market sold goat’s cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves and thick, painted pottery. The stalls of dark check shirts were the kind you used to wear, and we began to see you: burly, bearded, handsome as Holbein’s Wyatt, looking into the eyes of a girl or jumping up from the brasserie table to buy truffles from a street vendor.

We stayed with...

Bert’s Needs

Patricia Beer, 25 March 1993

The modish title of Elaine Feinstein’s excellent book need not make readers fear that they are being lured to yet another study of the great man himself. Lawrence’s Women really is...

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Walter Nash, 9 November 1989

Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine is a book about the mind electrically at odds with vacancy and repose; about the astonishing turbulence in the little grey cells of little grey people like...

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Tsvetaeva’s Turn

Simon Karlinsky, 12 November 1987

In 1913, when she was 20 and had already published two volumes of poetry, Marina Tsvetaeva wrote the following prophetic lines, translated by Vladimir Nabokov in 1972: Amidst the dust of...

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Stephen Bann, 5 July 1984

When poets decide to write in prose, and a fortiori to undertake so substantial a piece of prose writing as a novel, they are apt to leave unmistakable traces of their poetic craft. Indeed a...

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John Sutherland, 4 March 1982

The survivors are two Jewish families, the Katzes and the Gordons, fled from Odessa and settled in pre-First World War Liverpool. Within their ethnic class and shared past they are markedly...

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