Posts Tagged ‘Woolf quotes’

At a time when inaccurate information spreads like wildfire via social media, it’s refreshing to learn that a major media outlet is interested in fact checking something as seemingly minor as a literary quote, particularly one attributed to Virginia Woolf.

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life” was the quote attributed to Woolf and shared more than 300 times by a Facebook group called “English literature and Linguistics.”

USA TODAY on the hunt

Then USA TODAY noticed. And reporter Rick Rouan, based in Columbus, Ohio, started checking into it. On his own, he was unable to find a record of Woolf saying or writing those words.

So he contacted a couple of folks in the Woolf community, including Blogging Woolf and Benjamin Hagen, assistant professor of English at the University of South Dakota who is heading up this year’s Woolf conference and serves as president of the International Virginia Woolf Society.

Woolfians join the search

I searched my copy of Major Authors on CD-ROM: Virginia Woolf and found no such statement in Woolf’s work. But Hagen traced it to the 2002 film “The Hours,” which is based on Michael Cunningham’s novel of the same title, inspired by Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway.

The Facebook group that posted the quote Rouan investigated has apparently removed it from its page. Fact-checking information shared online is something USA TODAY does regularly, Rouan told me.

Read more about the hunt for the quote and its origins in “Fact check: Quote attributed to Virginia Woolf was in a movie, not her primary work.”

A collection of memes found in a Google search that include the quote falsely attributed to Woolf

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Here are links to a few resources of interest to Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury aficianadoes:

  • On BBC Radio 4’s “Great Lives”: Listen to why James Graham is inspired by John Maynard Keynes, along with expert analysis by economist Linda Yueh.
  • In the LA Times: Read a quote from Woolf about writers’ neglect of food.
  • In Issue XXXVII of Piano Nobile’s InSight: Read about Virginia Woolf’s relationship with artist Mark Gertler.
  • A foundation named after Virginia Woolf: “In Woolf’s Words,” by the Hong-Kong-based company Woke Up Like This. WULT was recently heavily criticized for naming another shade in its “Face Daubs” line after Anne Frank. The company took it off the market.

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To read words from Woolf on this auspicious day, check out this post that includes a popular quote from Woolf cited on this date three years ago, along with her diary entries for this date from 1918-1941.

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  1. A Young Muse in the Service of Male Writers, New York Times
    And the child is reduced to mere baggage when Ms. Roiphe imagines drowning herself almost the way Virginia Woolf did, but weighted down by offspring rather than stones. “And then,” she adds, “I thought that I had better write something that could stand . . .
  2. Review: “ORLANDO” soars!, ChicagoNow (blog)
    Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is a wild ride through a whimsical landscape. A place where the individual can thrive without the limitations of time, and where all it takes is a good night’s sleep to change you from man to woman. . . .
  3. Fifty isn’t the new 30, author says, Winston-Salem Journal
    After months of trying to resuscitate her near-comatose career, Jackson sucked it up with the help of a Virginia Woolf quote — “Arrange whatever pieces come your way” — and made a documentary about taking her spoiled teenager to India’s slums . . .
  4. Making Her Mark: Paule Marshall, Patch.com
    She needed, paraphrasing Virginia Woolf, a room of her own. Against the wishes of her husband, she enlisted someone to help with Evan-Keith and rented a small apartment in order to devote more time to her fledgling novel. Two years later, in 1959, . . .
  5. Wry Virginia Woolf in ‘Room’ with view, Kuwait Times
    Don’t be afraid of Virginia Woolf; her work contains a lot of plainspoken “nuggets of truth.” By now we’re pretty familiar with Woolf’s oft-repeated opinion that a woman needs a room of her own in which to write. The one-woman play, “Room,” now being . . . (more…)

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