5. An Affair with Lytton Strachey
Let’s see what we have here on our list of ten lesser known facts about Virginia Woolf!! Virginia Woolf was interested in getting married to Lytton Stratchey. However, the relationship was called off by Strachey for reasons still unknown. They were often sighted together and were widely believed to be very close to each other. Even though, they did not get married, but they still continued being friends.
4. Cookery Classes and the Wedding Ring Episode
When Woolf got married, she began to think that she should learn cooking. As the famous adage goes that a way to a man’s heart is a way to his stomach, Woolf quite believed in it. So, in order to enhance her domestic skills, she joined cookery classes to learn how to cook. As she was once trying to prepare pudding for her husband, she mistakenly left her wedding ring in the pudding and baked it with it. It was later discovered when her husband was savoring it on the dinner table. Interesting story, right? No wonder you found it on our list of ten lesser known facts about Virginia Woolf.
3. The Movie Based on the Life of Virginia Woolf
In the year 1998, Michael Cunningham’s book ‘The Hour’ won a Pulitzer award. The book was based on three women from three different generations from Virginia Woolf’s famous Novel and character of Mrs. Dalloway. The book was adapted for a Hollywood movie called ‘The Hour’ and was quite successful at the box office. Virginia was played by Hollywood’s superstar Nicole Kidman. She won an Oscar for her role in the film in 2002. This surely deserved to be on our list of ten lesser known facts about Virginia Woolf.
For almost all her life, Woolf suffered from eating disorder known as Anorexia. Anorexia is a psychological eating disorder in which the patient believes that his size is bigger than normal and as a result of this starves himself/herself to death. Furthermore, whatever the patients eat, he or she vomits it out to avoid gaining weight. Virginia Woolf thought she was overweight, even though she was not, and therefore she would never eat as much as her body would demand. Even in some instances when she used to eat normal, she would vomit it out and leave herself starving for food. No matter how anorexic she was, the interesting fact to know is that she was very keen about following table etiquettes; she would often get pissed off at the unpleasant eating habits of her friends and would repeatedly tell them to show good manners. This had to be included to our list of ten lesser known facts about Virginia Woolf.
1. Victim of Child Abuse
Last but not the least, let’s see what we have on our list of ten lesser known facts about Virginia Woolf!!! Virginia Woolf, over several years of her childhood, was abused by her brother. She was sexually abused by two of her half-brothers, George and Gerald Duckworthy, sons of her mother from her first marriage. It is thought that this abuse that she faced in her childhood might have been the reason behind her constant depression and the suicidal tendencies that she developed right from an early age. It also led to her lasting distrust of men.
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