Elaine Feinstein: A Captive Lion

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  • Gina Wisker (University of Brighton)

In her life of Marina Tsvetayeva, A Captive Lion (1987) Elaine Feinstein, who rescued the startling, sensitive poetry for English speaking audiences in Marina Tsvetayeva: Selected Poems (trans. Elaine Feinstein, 1987), now rescues the fascinating woman behind the poetry. Other books on Tsvetayeva include Simon Karlinsky's two volume study and Janet Marin King's translations of her prose. In the words of The New York Times Tsetayeva:

impresses with her psychic energy, she is on fire with poetry, and nothing is put in perspective, everything is immediate, emotional in the best sense. She did not write poems as an intellectual exercise, or to give pleasure, or to justify her existence, poetry was her …
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Wisker, Gina. "A Captive Lion". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 March 2001
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