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There is no excuse for this trash. Part One; Yup. Virginia was mentally ill. It is as if the writer has no knowledge of mental illness in general, nor or of manic depression in particular. Lets start out by saying that irene is NOT a pioneer. A slew of similar books have been written and debunked with more knowledge of the disease. Then there is the documentation in this book, which is extensive, but doesn't bear any scrutiny. The facts are; That both men and women of Virginia's family suffered
Coates shreds to pieces Leonard Woolf in this work . According to Coates LW was the cause for VW insanity, the reason Virginia eased herself into the Rivier Ouse , that he might have physically helped her. By the time I finished this book I wanted to do the same thing... jump into the River Ouse. I put this on the shelf to make you aware not all trash is in the dump.
This book is a work of revisionist biography, and suggests that Leonard Woolf's marriage to Virginia Woolf was not the ideal companionship which biographers have claimed. In Irene Coates' view, Leonard Woolf married Virginia for the advantages of her social connections and income, he then ruled her life and always organised everything for his own convenience.The official view started with early biographies which were based on works by Virginia's own family, and stressed Virginia's great need for...
This is an interesting read but often seems to stretch the bounds of credulity especially towards the end where Leonard Woolf virtually writes out Virginia's suicide note for her to sign! Reads more like a fictional imagining of events.
For those who are a fan of Virginia Woolf's life and work and have read other biographies of her life and death like I have, this book is incredibly well documented and very very thought provoking.