Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Virginia Woolf turned down degrees

"Because she believed that full academic and military dress were ridiculous and incited people to envy and malevolence, Virginia herself turned down honorary doctorates from Manchester (1933) and Liverpool (1939), refused to give the Clark Lectures at Cambridge in 1932, and, later in life, turned down an Order of Merit."

(Roger Poole, "The Unknown Virginia Woolf" 1978 p. 219)

Do you think she was right? What would have been different if she had accepted the degrees?