Who Killed Virginia Woolf?: A Psychobiography

Who Killed Virginia Woolf?: A Psychobiography

by Alma Halbert Bond

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Who Killed Virginia Woolf?: A Psychobiography by Alma Halbert Bond

Who, if anyone, was responsible when Virginia Woolf wandered across the water-meadows and threw herself in the river Ouse? By examining the various strains which led to Woolf's tragically ending her life -- the true nature of her marriage, her complex relationship with Vita Sackville-West, the pangs of sexual insecurity, and the lack of self-esteem -- noted psychoanalyst Alma H. Bond illustrates how these influences coalesced to bring Woolf's life to a logical ending.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595002054
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/11/2000
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations10
Acknowledgments11
Introduction15
1.Julia Stephen: "The Base Upon Which Life Stands"21
Symbiosis24
Stella28
Her "Love Affair with the World"30
The Rapprochement Crisis32
The Rapprochement Crossroads35
1.Superego Development35
2.The Conflicts of Toilet Training36
3.Penis Envy40
Further Hints of Trouble41
Basic Moods41
Beck's Portrait42
Summary44
2.Leslie Stephen: "That Ole Wretch, the Dearest of Creatures"46
The Trip to the Lighthouse46
The Parental Relationship52
The Struggle to Disengage from Mother55
Identification with Father58
Suicide as a Means of Avoiding Identification with Her Aging Father62
The Transmutation of Grief into Art63
Leslie and Virginia: A Natural Experiment in Heredity and Environment64
Summary67
3.Leonard and Virginia: "The Coward and the Snob"69
Leonard the Superego70
Her Breakdown75
The Coward and the Snob77
The Asexual Marriage80
George81
Leonard's Reward84
Underground Rumblings86
Leonard: The "Bad Mother"90
Leonard and Leslie91
Further Dissatisfactions92
Her "Honeymoon Psychosis"93
Summary95
4.Vanessa: "The Cure That Failed"100
Vanessa's Role in Virginia's World100
Virginia's Dream106
Their Sadomasochistic Relationship108
The "Cure" That Failed112
Vanessa's Contribution to Virginia's Genius115
Summary116
5.Vita and Virginia: "The Reality Behind the Masks"118
The Stage is Set120
The Overture121
The Marriage of Vita and Harold Nicolson122
Vita: The "As If" Personality125
Her Parents130
The Sackvilles: Mother and Daughter131
Lady Sackville the Tease133
Vita the Lover134
The Romance137
Virginia Matures140
Object Constancy144
Their Sex Lives145
The Ripening148
Summary149
6.Virginia Woolf and the Death Instinct151
The Pleasure Principle151
The Return to Paradise153
Virginia's Predictive Dream154
Vanessa Is No Help156
Leonard's Contribution157
Was Leonard Unfaithful?164
The Deprivation of the War Years168
Summary171
Notes177
Index195

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