Molly Lefebure was born in the London Borough of Hackney on the 6th of October 1919. She was educated at the North London Collegiate School and went on to study at King’s College London, where she met her future husband, John Gerrish. Lefebure was a Coleridge scholar, and among her 20 or so other books was a 1974 biography of the poet,
subtitled The Bondage of Opium, which followed a six-year study of drug addiction at Guy’s Hospital in London. She also wrote a study of Coleridge’s wife, The Bondage of Love (1986), which won Lefebure the Lakeland Book of the Year award. This was
followed by a study of the Coleridge children, The Private Lives of the Ancient Mariner.
She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010.
Evidence for The Crown (1955)
The English Lake District (1964)
Scratch & Co (1968)
Cumberland Heritage (1970)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, A Bondage of Opium (1974)
Cumbrian Discovery (1977)
The Bondage of Love (1986)
The Illustrated Lake Poets (1987)
Murder on the Home Front (1990)
Thunder in the Sky (1991)
Thomas Hardy’s World (1997)