Adrian Stephen

Male 1883 - 1948  (65 years)


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  • Name Adrian Stephen 
    Born 1883 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1948 
    Person ID I4231  Fassifern Direct
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2010 

    Father Sir Leslie Stephen, K.C.B.,   b. 28 Nov 1832,   d. 22 Feb 1904  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Julia Prinsep Jackson,   b. 1846,   d. 1895  (Age 49 years) 
    Family ID F1396  Group Sheet

    Family Karin Costelloe 
    Married 1914 
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2010 
    Family ID F1404  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • (Medical):«b»Adrian Stephen«/b» (1883-1948) was a member of the «u»Bloomsbury Group «/u», an author and psychoanalyst, and the brother of «u»Virginia Woolf «/u» and «u»Vanessa Bell «/u». He and his wife became interested in the work of «u»Sigmund Freud «/u», and were among the first British «u»psychoanalysts «/u».
      Stephen, educated at «u»Westminster School «/u», was the youngest of four children of «u»Leslie Stephen «/u»; their father's death in 1904 resulted in the four siblings moving to «u»Bloomsbury «/u», and their house there became the nucleus of the Bloomsbury Group.
      Among his romantic liaisons was his affair with the artist «u»Duncan Grant «/u», which led to Grant's introduction to, and eventual unusual romance with, Stephen's sister Vanessa Bell. In 1914 Stephen married Karin Costelloe, a philosophy graduate and expert on «u»Bergson «/u». On the introduction of «u»conscription «/u» in 1916 during «u»World War I «/u» Stephen became a «u»conscientious objector «/u», like many other members of the Bloomsbury Group, and, with Costelloe, lived out the remainder of the war working on a farm in Essex.
      Following the war they became interested in «u»psychoanalysis «/u», training medically at the request of «u»Ernest Jones «/u» and later with «u»James Glover «/u», and becoming qualified in the late 1920s.
      In 1936 Stephen decided to recount in detail the «u»Dreadnought Hoax «/u», in which he had taken part a quarter of a century earlier, completing an account published by Hogarth press.
      In «u»World War II «/u» Stephen became so angered by the «u»Nazis «/u»' brutality and «u»anti-semitism «/u» that he abandoned his «u»pacifist «/u» stance of the previous war and volunteered to become an army doctor at the age of 60 in 1942, shortly after his sister Virginia's suicide. He died in 1948.


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