Ellen Feldman

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Ellen Feldman

Early life and education[edit]

Feldman was born in 1941. She grew up in New Jersey and attended Bryn Mawr College, and graduated with B.A. and an M.A. in modern history. She also worked for a publishing firm in New York City and continued with graduate studies at Columbia University.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Feldman currently lives in New York City and East Hampton, New York.[2]


A.K.A. Katherine Walden (1982)

Conjugal Rites (1986)

Looking for Love (1990)

Too Close for Comfort (1994)

Rearview Mirror (1995)

God Bless the Child (1998)

Lucy (2003)

The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank (2005)

Scottsboro (2008)

Next to Love (2011)

The Unwitting (2014)

She has also written under the pseudonyms Amanda Russell and Elizabeth Villars.



Lucy (2003), was about Franklin Roosevelt's love for Lucy Mercer, who was the social secretary of Eleanor Roosevelt, his wife.[1]


Scottsboro was a 2009 novel about the Scottsboro Boys, nine black youths controversially accused of rape. Lionel Shriver in The Telegraph (UK) found it "a pleasure to read" despite the horrors it described.[4] It was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2009.[5]

Next to Love[edit]

Her novel Next to Love (2011), tells the story of three Massachusetts women from the 1940s to 1960s.[6] It was inspired by the true story of the Bedford Boys, a group of men from around Bedford, Virginia, many of whom were killed in the first few minutes of the D-Day landings.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b c O'Keeffe, Alice (15 July 2011). "Profile:Ellen Feldman". The Bookseller. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "About Ellen". Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  3. ^ http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/f/ellen-feldman/
  4. ^ Shriver, Lionel (5 Jul 2008). "Sugar-coating the Scottsboro Boys". The Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  5. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2009/apr/21/orange-prize-shortlist-books
  6. ^ Churchwell, Sarah (11 November 2011). "Next to Love by Ellen Feldman (review)". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  7. ^ Jones, Beth (27 Oct 2011). "Next to Love (review)". The Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 27 November 2013.