Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameAdrian Leslie STEPHEN
FatherSir Leslie STEPHEN KCB (1832-1904)
MotherJulia Prinsep JACKSON (1846-1895)
SpouseKarin Elizabeth Conn COSTELLOE
MotherMary Whitall PEARSALL SMITH (1864-1945)
Notes for Adrian Leslie STEPHEN
Adrian Stephen (1883–1948) was a member of the Bloomsbury Group, an author and psychoanalyst, and the brother of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. He and his wife became interested in the work of Sigmund Freud, and were among the first British psychoanalysts.
Stephen, educated at Westminster School, was the youngest of four children of Leslie Stephen; their father's death in 1904 resulted in the four siblings moving to Bloomsbury, and their house there became the nucleus of the Bloomsbury Group. By his mother's first marriage, he was also a half-brother of George and Gerald Duckworth.

Among his romantic liaisons was his affair with the artist Duncan Grant, 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 Bergson. On the introduction of conscription in 1916 during World War I Stephen became a conscientious objector, 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 psychoanalysis, training medically at the request of Ernest Jones and later with James Glover, and becoming qualified in the late 1920s.

In 1936 Stephen decided to recount in detail the Dreadnought Hoax, in which he had taken part a quarter of a century earlier, completing an account published by Hogarth press.

In World War II Stephen became so angered by the Nazis' brutality and anti-semitism that he abandoned his pacifist 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.
Notes for Karin Elizabeth Conn COSTELLOE
Philosophy graduate; expert on the work of Henri Bergson; later psychiatrist and psychoanalys

Karin Stephen (née Costelloe) (1890–1953) was a British psychoanalyst and psychologist.
Karin Stephen was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she became a Fellow. She married Adrian Stephen shortly before World War I; the couple, as conscientious objectors, spent the war working on a dairy farm. After the war, the couple trained as doctors and then went into analysis with James Glover; when he died in 1926, Karin continued with Sylvia Payne. Accepted as an associate member of the British Psychoanalytical Society in 1927, she became a full member in 1931.[1]
Stephen entered private practice as a psychoanalyst. She gave the first lecture course on psychoanalysis ever given at Cambridge University: the course of six lectures was repeated over several years, and formed the basis of her medical textbook Psychoanalysis and medicine.[2] She suffered from deafness and manic depression. After her husband died in 1948, her health deteriorated and she committed suicide in 1953.

Her papers are held in the archives of the British Psychoanalytical Society.[3]
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