Helen Jerome i(73 works by) (birth name: Helen Bruton) (a.k.a. Helene Jerome; Helen Bruton Jerome)
Also writes as: Nellie Bruton ; Helen Bruton
Born: Established: 10 May 1883 London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
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Helen Jerome was a journalist, author and playwright. She was the daughter of Irish immigrants and came from a large Catholic family. Her father, William Bruton (d. 1918), worked for many years as a civil servant in the New South Wales postal department. One of her brothers was the solicitor and occasional Bulletin contributor, William Joseph Bruton. Details of her early life remain to be established; however, she appears to have been living in Sydney by the later 1890s, when she was a regular contributor to the Sydney Catholic newspaper, the Freeman's Journal. She married publisher and conman Armand Jerome in Sydney in 1900. In the following decades she travelled widely, to East Asia, Europe, Russia and the United States, returning to Australia intermittently. During this period she wrote numerous articles on her travels and experiences for Australian, English and American newspapers and magazines. Her daughter Carmen attended the progressive Sydney girls' school, Shirley College, at Edgecliffe, matriculating in 1920. Jerome appears to have left Australia permanently in the early 1920s. She then appears to have spent a lengthy period in the United States, where she would later became well known for her stage adaptations of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. She evidently remarried in the mid 1930s, after which she spent periods living in both Britain and the United States. She appears to have died in England in 1966, though this remains to be confirmed.


  • Jerome also wrote about Henry Lawson for New York's Art Review, and this article was reprinted in Henry Lawson by His Mates (1931).

  • In addition to her works listed on AustLit, Jerome also wrote the psychological study, The Secret of Woman (1923).

  • Note that several sources have confused this author with the American actress Helene Jerome, nee Funk, aka Helene Ali (1908-1958). Also take care not to confuse her with the American actress Helen Jerome Eddy (1897-1990). There was also another author Helen Jerome (1886-1969) who wrote cookery books.

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