Literary Reputations

Helen MacEwan on Winifred Gérin

Biographer of the Brontës

  • 16
  • Oct




Image of Helen McEwan sat with a book in her hand in a cobbled square, with two white Georgian doorways in the background


Winifred Gérin wrote biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell, Anne Thackeray Ritchie and Fanny Burney but is most famous as the biographer of four Brontë siblings. Gérin had a fascinating life story of her own, uncovered now for the first time by Helen MacEwan in this original and revealing biography of the biographer. ‘Using much previously unknown and unpublished material, Helen MacEwan has painstakingly put together a portrait of one woman and her times that adds significantly to Brontë studies and literary biography…’ praised Claire Harman.

A translator and former teacher, Helen has written two books about Charlotte and Emily Brontë’s time in Brussels, and lives in Brussels herself. This event is presented in partnership with The Gaskell Society and will be chaired by Ann O’Brien and Libby Tempest of The Gaskell Society.

Doors open at 4.45pm.