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The marriage of heaven and hell : manic depression and the life of Virginia Woolf
Dally, Peter (Peter John).
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Virginia Woolf
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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x, 225 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Previously published as: Virginia Woolf.
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Psychiatrist Peter Dally sheds light on the manic depression that not only tormented writer Virginia Woolf but also gave her extraordinary insights and new ideas that emerged in her work. of photos.

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Library Journal Review

It is no secret that Virginia Woolf suffered from manic depression for most of her life (a notable treatment appears in Panthea Reid's Art and Affection: A Life of Virginia Woolf, LJ 9/15/96). In jargon-laden prose, Dally, a retired psychiatrist living in England, explains that Woolf's difficult childhood and youthÄmarked by the death of her motherÄlay the chemical and biological groundwork for her later mental illness. This forensic inquiry is possible only because Woolf, a faithful diarist, left "surely the fullest year-by-year record ever of the effect of the disease on a creative life." While interesting reading, this work adds little new insight into Woolf's troubled genius. Discussions of her literary works appear as asidesÄor worse, as symptoms of her illness, a serious mistake given the psychological narrative techniques Woolf used so powerfully in novels such as To The Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway. Recommended for larger Woolf collections.ÄDiane Gardner Premo, Rochester P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.