Ruth Fainlight

Ruth Fainlight

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Ruth Fainlight (born May 2, 1931, New York City), is a poet, short story writer, translator and librettist.

Life and career

Fainlight was born in New York, but has mainly lived in England since she was fifteen, having also spent some years living in France and Spain. In addition to her own works, Fainlight has also provided criticism for BBC Radio, Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, and numerous other publications.

She was married to the British writer Alan Sillitoe (1928–2010)Alan Sillitoe obituary London Times, 26 April 2010.Alan Sillitoe obituary London Guardian, 26 April 2010. and has a son, David, who is a photographer for The Guardian and an adopted daughter, Susan. She lives in London.

She has twice been Poet in Residence at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee and was a close friend of Sylvia Plath's in the years leading up to Plath's death.


Poetry collections

  • Cages. 1966.
  • To See the Matter Clearly 1968 from Macmillan UK; Dufour Editions, USA
  • The Region's Violence. 1973.
  • Another Full Moon. 1976.
  • Sibyls and Others. 1980. New edition, Poetry Book Society, 2007
  • Fifteen to Infinity. 1983. Also published 1987, Carnegie-Mellon University Press USA
  • Selected Poems. 1987.
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