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Antonia White and Manic-Depressive Illness$
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Patricia Moran

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474418218

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418218.001.0001

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Epilogue: Composing a Self

Epilogue: Composing a Self

(p.213) Epilogue: Composing a Self
Antonia White and Manic-Depressive Illness

Patricia Moran

Edinburgh University Press

The epilogue briefly considers White’s abortive attempts to compose a fifth novel that would depict her protagonist’s life after her incarceration for psychosis. It suggests that White’s inability to do so in part resulted from her reluctance to expose herself and her father to public censure. It also suggests that White’s misreading of her illness as the result of her relationship with her father played a key role in shaping the plotline of the novel she finally could not finish. It summarises the ongoing problems White encountered in her later life as the result of ongoing chronic illness. It concludes that the frost that blighted White’s life and shrivelled her confidence in her writing was the illness that threatened to leave her stranded, alone and insane, in an unknown, terrifying world.

Keywords:   Affective Disorder, Father-daughter relationship, Writer’s block

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