The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Virginia Quarterly Review is a magazine focusing on current and historical literary subjects. Since it was founded in 1925, it is produced quarterly. The magazine is published by the Virginia Quarterly Review.Subjects for The Virginia Quarterly Review include literature and literary reviews. The editor is Ted Genoways. Contributing editors are Molly Minturn and Kevin Morrissey

Articles from Vol. 78, No. 3, Summer

A Moral Temper
The Letters of Dwight Macdonald. Edited with an introduction by Michael Wreszin. Ivan R. Dee. $35.00. Do read it. It's fun, oftentimes enlightening, once in a while quite irritating, highly readable. After all, Dwight, in single combat, grappled with...
Civil Society and Government
Civil Society and Government, edited by Nancy L. Rosenblum and Robert C. Post. A very helpful collection of essays covering the issue of the relationship between the sphere of "civil society" and the function of government by "the state." It is difficult...
Climbing over the Ethnic Fence: Reflections on Stanley Crouch and Philip Roth
As Stanley Crouch likes to tell the tale, he and Philip Roth were having dinner in an up-scale New York City restaurant one evening shortly before their respective novels-The Human Stain in Roth's case, Don't the Moon Look Lonesome in Crouch's-hit the...
Disturbing the Peace: Gerald W. Johnson in an Age of Conformity
Man and moment met felicitously for Gerald White Johnson during the 1950's. "Every American of the past who is worth remembering by the present was once considered a subversive character," he proclaimed boldly during an anxious decade. "And they were...
Fever
The young man had just missed his previously-ticketed flight from LAX, but the ticket agent, a middle-aged woman with hair dyed a brilliant auburn color, managed to get him booked on the very next flight to Charlotte. The ticket agent wore a good bit...
My Mother and I Hear Her Death Approaching
"I won a ticket for a dream house," my mother tells me on the phone. "It cost a hundred dollars to buy. It's a gorgeous house. Brand new and big big. If I win, I'll give it to you. Then you and Allen can move here and live in it." "What about our jobs?...
Natural Goodness
Natural Goodness, by Philippa Foot. A lovely, profound, and remarkably agile work by a senior analytic philosopher which strikes out in a direction and toward an aim that will surprise the many philosophers who have not been paying attention to Foot's...
Not to Be Entered into Lightly
It can seem ironic only in retrospect that the plans for my wedding lasted as long as the marriage itself-14 months. The night before the ceremony in August 1995, I did not know the fate of the second 14 months, but I knew the dread and tension that...
Other People's Lives
For six years she had worked in an office where the telephones rang constantly, but in the last week, each time her phone went off, Moira jumped and blanched. She turned the ringer down, but it didn't help. This reaction to the telephone began when she...
Prodigal Poet
The Collected Works of Langston Hughes. Volume 1: Poems 1921-1940. Volume 2: Poems 1941-1950. Volume 3: Poems 1951-1967. Edited with an introduction by Arnold Rampersad. University of Missouri Press. $29.95 per volume. For 35 years the only ready access...
Rest Stop
Greene County was talking about Muriel Foster's stepson. People had always talked, always kept one eye on the Foster house like they were waiting for a bad seed to bear what they knew it would. So far Dan's boy, Paul, had been quiet, good in school,...
Seasons
Looking through the sycamore tree branches from my upstairs desk window, I see Rugby Road pass by our house. Just the other side of our front privet hedge is the narrow sidewalk, where two can barely pass, and then the street, a curving, narrow, flowing...
Strange New Homeland
The Wife: Le Xuan Thuy Forgive me, husband, that I do not look my best. It is a long journey by train from Ha Noi to Lao Cai 12 hours; that much remains the same. Perhaps you no longer recognize me. I know my beauty has faded; the lines on my face are...
The Facts of Life
The idea was-when each of us boys in our family came of age-i.e., ten-my father was to take us on the Northcoast Limited back to Chicago and tell us the Facts of Life on the way. I already knew them, of course, but the idea of having a grand revelation...
The Good, the Bad, and the Phony: Six Famous Historians and Their Critics
What a bad time it has been for the nation's best-known historians-that is, for the small number of historical writers, some affiliated with academic institutions and some not, whose books regularly inhabit the bestseller lists, whose faces frequently...
The Green Room
"Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal. " The scholarly world was recently shocked by allegations and admonitions of plagiarism from three of the country's most prominent historians, namely Stephen Ambrose, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and...
The Healing Ground
Mimi was going to take me to her special place, some kind of sacred healing ground, though she never said whose. For over a year walking had caused me great pain, and none of the doctors I had seen gave me any help. I viewed Mimi's invitation as an excuse...
The Levy Family and Monticello
At the time of his death in 1826, Thomas Jefferson was near bankruptcy, and his family had to auction off his slaves, farm implements, and many of his household furnishings to pay down some of the debt. His beloved house, Monticello, proved harder to...