Elaine Feinstein (born 24 October 1930, Bootle, Lancashire) is a poet, novelist, short-story writer, playwright, biographer and translator.
Born in Bootle, Liverpool, Feinstein grew up in Lancashire. Her father had left school at 12 and had little time for books, but was a great storyteller. He put his faith in hard work, running a small business through the 1930s. She writes "An inner certainty of being loved and valued went a long way to create my own sense of resilience in later years spent in a world that felt altogether alien. I never altogether lost my childhood sense of being fortunate.
Feinstein excelled at school work from this point but stopped writing poetry. She was educated at Newnham College, University of Cambridge, a contemporary of Hughes and Plath.Schmidt, Michael:......