Virginia Woolf


1997 Paradise Pisces

British Writer


On a March day in 1941, Adeline Virginia Stephen Woolf, age 59, walks to the nearby River Ouse, fills her pockets with rocks and drowns herself. Two suicide notes were left behind. One to her sister Vanessa, the other to her husband, Leonard. To her husband she wrote:

Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again: I feel we cant go through another of those terrible times. And I shant recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and cant concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I cant go on spoiling your life any longer.

I dont think two people could have been happier than we have been.

Virginia Woolf's life was spent writing literature and fighting off mental illness. That her tortured life may be routed in the sexual abuse she experienced as a child is, from a Freudian perspective, without doubt. Surprisingly, Woolf was not enamored of Freud's theories, despite her own childhood sexual traumas and despite the fact that her Hogarth Press was publishing some of Freud's work. She writes in a letter from October, 1924:

"[W]e are publishing all Dr Freud, and I glance at the proof and read how Mr A.B. threw a bottle of red ink on to the sheets of his marriage bed to excuse his impotence to the housemaid, but threw it in the wrong place, which unhinged his wife's mind, and to this day she pours claret on the dinner table. We could all go on like that for hours; and yet these Germans think it proves something - besides their own gull-like imbecility."

Woolf is yet another icon of the modern and postmodern belief that madness and art are inextricably linked. Woolf's confused sexuality led her to a more open and experimental approach to matters of love. This approach, however, was mainly theoretical and experienced within the imagination and expressed in her literary output. Her relationship with her husband was non-sexual and she has been described by various sources as sexually frigid.

She remains a potent figure today. An icon claimed by feminism, the avant-garde, mental health advocates, bisexual activists, and young women and men seeking identities outside the collapsing walls of the once great land of 'normalcy'. A collapse that writers like Virginia Woolf started to transcribe.

YEAR  TEAM      POS    BA    AB     H   HR  RBI
1991  Bohemians 2b    .162   265    43    7   29
1993  Pisces    if/o  .261   280    73   22   58
1994  Pisces    if/o  .242   269    65   19   47
1995  Pisces    if/o  .285   709   202    0   44
1996  Pisces    if    .247   158    39    0    8

      5 Seasons       .251  1681   422   48  186

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