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The Guardian promised they would correct Paul Lester’s egregious error, and they did.

By July 22, Paul Lester’s item in The Guardian, New band of the day: Wolfette (No 1,065),  which claimed that Dominique Woolf, of Wolfette fame, was Virginia Woolf’s great granddaughter, was amended. The paper published an official correction on its Corrections and Clarifications page on the same day.

As the correction states, “Virginia and Leonard Woolf did not have children. Wolfette has been quoted in an interview as saying `She was married to my grandmother’s uncle. That makes her my great-great-aunt by marriage … I think.'”

I can now breathe easily again. And we can all move on to something more interesting in the world of Woolf.

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A post on The Guardian’s website by Paul Lester reports that Virginia Woolf’s great granddaughter, Dominique Woolf of Wolfette, is a rocker. Trouble is, Virginia and Leonard Woolf didn’t have any children, so they don’t have any grandchildren or great grandchildren either.

When readers pointed out Lester’s error, he posted a response that showed his unconcern with the concept of fact checking — and the importance of facts in general.

Here’s what he wrote:

I was told she was the great-granddaughter by her “people”, and the fact has been repeated in all of the articles thus far about her, so I did the same. Baa. If it’s not true, it doesn’t change my assessment of her or her music. But it is interesting that her team are pushing the idea that she is the progeny of the famous writer. I think it’s interesting, anyway.

“Interesting”? I think “reprehensible lie” is a more apt descriptions. Or maybe “lawsuit waiting to happen” is a better fit.

In addition to the huge inaccuracy already noted, Lester’s post is full of inanities such as these:

  • “Dominique Woolf’s toothless rebel-girl rock would make her great-grandmother Virginia howl, and possibly us too”
  • “Whether we did or not, here they are, led by the great-granddaughter of tormented early-20th century intellectual and author, Virginia Woolf, which explains Wolfette’s stage name, although anyone expecting revolutionary discourses on the nature of love and marriage  may be disappointed.”
  • “She’ll be howling at the moon when she reads this.”

So will we all.

Editor’s Note: As of July 21, Lester had not published a formal correction. You can write The Guardian at reader@guardian.co.uk to ask for one. Be sure to include the link to the story in your email.

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