Who Killed Virginia Woolf?: A Psychobiography

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Examines the life of the English novelist and try to identify the forces that drove her to commit suicide

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This book is becoming a classic, as no other of the many books on Woolf go into her psyche and her soul as deeply as Who Killed Virginia Woolf? It was selected by The Behavioral Science Book Club as an alternate Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Lucy Freeman, author of seventy-nine books, called it "..a masterpiece of its kind..a brilliant original book that not only gives the reader new understanding of ..Virginia Woolf..but also brings him to new depths in the understanding of his own life." Dr. Natalie Shainess, psychoanalyst and author of Sweet Suffering, called the book a "tour de force," and Dr. Barry Panter. President of the American Institute of Medical Education, said that it is "a profound and in-depth presentation."

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Who, if anyone, was responsible when Virginia Woolf wandered across the water-meadows and threw herself into the river Ouse? What drove her "over the brink" when so many others were able to survive those difficult years? 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 - and by tracing the impact of each important figure in her life on both her genius and her pathology, noted psychoanalyst Alma H. Bond illustrates how these influences coalesced to bring Woolf's life to a logical ending.

The author demonstrates that the many motivations for Woolf's suicide were far more covert than is generally supposed. A careful psychoanalytic study of the history and productions of Virginia Woolf, in which her writing is regarded as the free associations of the patient on the couch, enables the reader to become the "voice that speaks fresh and strong" - the voice that Woolf herself feared finding.

Who Killed Virginia Woolf? A Psychobiography answers numerous questions about the life and death of this tormented genius - an outcast of yesterday embraced by the new thinkers of today.

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