Year: 1989 Source: Madison, Conn.: International Universities press, 1989, p.459-469 SIEC No: 19900496

Examines historical or social suicide in the context of the individual, suggesting that some general principles can be found in the literature & offering the hypothesis that there are 3 basic psychic components of suicide. The operation of these principles & components is illustrated by a celebrated public suicide, that of Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima. 21 refs. (LH).