Caroline Lejeune


Biography of Caroline Lejeune

Caroline Alice (C. A.) Lejeune (1897–1973) was a British writer, best known as the film critic of The Observer from 1928 to 1960.

She was born in Manchester, youngest of a large Victorian family. Her father was a Swiss cotton merchant who had come to England from Frankfurt, and her mother Louisa was the daughter of the non-conformist minister Dr Alexander Maclaren. The family home was at 10, Wilmslow Road, Withington; Caroline Herford, headmistress of Lady Barn House School was her godmother. She was educated at Lady Barn House School and Withington Girls' School, she turned down the opportunity to go to Oxford University and instead went to Manchester University to study English language and literature. Her mother was a friend of C. P. Scott and of Caroline Herford; they were three of the four founders of Withington Girls' School at which Caroline and four of her sisters (Franziska, Marion, Juliet and Hélène) were educated.

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