Sunday, February 1, 2009

DIRTY TRIVIA: “[Virginia] Woolf frequently pondered the “servant question,” but her concern for those she employed was tinged with distaste. “I am sick of the timid spiteful servant mind,” she wrote of Nellie Boxall, her cook for eighteen years. Though Woolf professed a desire for a time when masters and servants might be “fellow beings,” and argued in her work for space and autonomy for women, her life was one of dependence; she did not learn to cook until she was forty-seven.” - from a review of “Mrs. Woolf and the Servants,” by Alison Light (Bloomsbury) in The New Yorker, September 15, 2008

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