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ADDICTION TO PERFECTION

by: Marion Woodman




Marion Woodman’s own experience of anorexia led her to write her first book
The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter, and she followed that up with this study of the
effects of patriarchal values on modern women and their manifestation in
addiction. Thus we get figures in our mythology like Medusa and Lady Macbeth–
Woodman says that her book is about “taking the head off an evil witch”. It’s a
wonderfully powerful story, full of folklore, dream stories and archetypal
characters, and it shines a bright light on women’s mysteries, making as much
sense today as it did on its initial publication in 1982. The flourishing of Jungian
literature in the late 20th century brought forth many great female teachers like
June Singer and Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and Woodman deserves to stand
alongside them.
208pp, 219 x 150 mm, Paperback, 1982, RRP £14.99
Code: 290133