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. 79, No. 4, Autumn

All Saints Day
A StoryWord was that the missionary kid had a demon, though no one was supposed to know. The Boyd family was visiting East Winder only for the weekend, and already eight-year-old Prudence had heard it from her younger sister, Grace, who heard it from...
Banishing Bernstein
BANISHING BERNSTEINMany of the quirks and talents, the ruffles and flourishes, that defined Leonard Bernstein as the public later knew him were already manifest when he was a student. The prodigal facility with music, the superabundant warmth, the elaborate...
Chinese Immigrants, African Americans, and Racial Anxiety in the United States, 1848-82
Chinese Immigrants, African Americans, and Racial Anxiety in the United States, 1848-82, by Najia Aarim-Hariot.The foundational components of white supremacy lurk in the background of Aarim-Hariot's history of legal Chinese exclusion and African American...
Fighting for Lincoln's Soul
Good Friday fell on April 14 in 1865. At 10:13 that evening Abraham Lincoln was shot by the Confederate partisan John Wilkes Booth. He died nine hours later, at 7:22 on Saturday morning.It took almost no time at all for pious and patriotic people to...
For My Brother Who Died before I Was Born
The cornflower Ford is half-sunken into earth, the color of the crayon. Front bumper knocked in, do you remember the accident? Inside Mama's belly, the thick shape of the steering wheel. That didn't kill you, no, it must have been the sad smell when...
Gouverneur Morris, George Washington's War Hawk
If there was a single factor that would determine whether the fledgling American republic that took form in 1789 would survive, it was the revenue to be derived from duties on imports, and secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton made it the linchpin...
Go West, Young Men
GO WEST, YOUNG MEN The Lewis and Clark Journals: An American Epic of Discovery. Edited by Gaiy E. Moulton. University of Nebraska Press. $29.95.The bicentennial commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is upon us, and it won't go away for a long...
Hans-Georg Gadamer: A Biography
Hans-Georg Gadamer: A Biography, by Jean Grondin.This book will probably eventuate in damage to Gadamer's reputation, precisely because it tries to preempt any and all charges against him. It smells of whitewash. The basic story, undisputed by Grondin,...
Louis Jaffe's Tormented Plea for Justice
LOUIS JAFFE'S TORMENTED PLEA FOR JUSTICEEditor for Justice: The Life of Louis I. Jaffa. By Alexander S. Leidholdt. Louisiana State University Press. $49.95.By the early 1920s, as historian John Kneebone notes in his study of white Southern journalists...
Master of Melody
MASTER OF MELODYMelodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry. By Anthony Hecht. Johns Hopkins University Press. $24.95.Recently the mail brought a subscription form for The Formalist, "A Journal of Metrical Poetry." Among the handful of ratifying...
McGill and Patterson: Journalists for Justice
In 1960, when Ralph McGill turned 62 and had been editor in chief of the Atlanta Constitution since 1942, and a daily columnist dealing with political, social and economic matters since 1938, he was promoted to publisher. As his friend Harold Martin...
Medieval Cruelty: Changing Perceptions from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Medieval Cruelty: Changing Perceptions from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period, by Daniel Baraz.Cruelty, as a value judgment, is always relative and subjective. An act or word that seems cruel to some people today, may not be considered cruel...
Meg O'Fallon
A StoryMy wife and I live year-round on Martha's Vineyard now, except for trips south to warmer places in January and February; I haven't been back to Chicago in years. Neither of our children lives there nor any other blood relations nor close friends....
Morality, Foreign Policy, Life
MORALITY, FOREIGN POLICY, LIFE A Twentieth-Century Odyssey: Memoir of a Life in Academe. By Norman A. Graebner. Regina Books. $36.95.Few autobiographies of serious academics feature memories of dancing the night away to "the popular sounds of Guy Lombardo,...
Mr. Potter
Mr. Potter, by Jamaica Kincaid.It's a curious axiom of literary fiction: when it seems to become what it's not, it succeeds best. Therefore, if you know empirically that what you're reading is not a true story but you find yourself believing that fiction...
Origins of the Universe: An Aria
Here's a story: before we were bodies,the gods took their bourbon at the corner cabaret.Their Queen rasped the standards near a shining piano: she,the saddest kind of regular. Out of sequins, cigarettes,and fat mascara, she created pathos, and from thisOctober...
Painted Ladies at Yale
Stern historians have never liked England's Charles II, the Restoration king whose ascension to the throne in 1660 was joyously greeted by enthusiastic London crowds after the death of grim Oliver Cromwell. Nor have they had a good word for the lively...
Pre-Oprah Franzen
PRE-OPRAH FRANZENHow to Be Alone, By Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $24.00.How to Be Alone is a collection of Jonathan Franzen's essays commenting on contemporary values, manners, tastes, customs and morals. His assessments are often...
Prokofiev: From Russia to the West, 1891-1931
Prokofiev: From Russia to the West, 1891-1931, by David Nice.Since the demise of the Soviet Union, great arguments have broken out about virtually all of the important 20th-century Russian composers, arguments about how implicated they were (or not)...
Recreating the American Republic: Rules of Apportionment, Constitutional Change, and American Political Development
Recreating the American Republic: Rides of Apportionment, Constitutional Change, and American Political Development, by Charles A. Kromkowski.The most critical problem of representative government is how the public can hold their representatives accountable....
Religious Separation and Political Intolerance in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Religious Separation and Political Intolerance in Bosnia-Herzegovina, by Mitja Velikonja.In the debute on the breakup of Yugoslavia, and, in particular, on the war in Bosnia, there has been a struggle to define what happened in terms favorable to one's...
Sin Puertas Visibles: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women
Sin puertas visibles: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women, edited by Jen Holfer.Ten years after the most recent bilingual anthology of Mexican women poets (Gander's Mouth to Mouth, 1993), Jen Hofer brings us a new one. However, Sin puertas...
Staige Blackford (1931-2003)
When Staige Blackford took charge as editor of The Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR) in 1975, he followed directly behind the distinguished Charlotte Kohler, who had edited the magazine, first as its managing editor, then as editor, since 1942. Hers was...
Storm of Steel: The Development of Armor Doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union, 1919-1939
Storm of Steel: The Development of Armor Doctrine in Germany and the Soviet Union, 1919-1939, by Mary R. Habeck.Among the most perplexing questions in the scholarship on the sources of military doctrine in general, and the development of armor doctrine...
The Catholic Church and the Holocaust
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE HOLOCAUST Moral Reckoning: The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair. By Daniel Goldhagen. Alfred Knopf. $25.00.There is probably no more contentious issue between Catholics and Jews...
The Fire Every Time
THE FIRE EVERY TIME All Russia Is Burning: A Cultural History of Fire and Arson in Late Imperial Russia. By Cathy Frierson. University of Washington Press. $45.00.The East Slavs-principally Russians and Ukrainians-have traditionally not given safety...
The Green Room
"Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal."GEORGE GARRETT was a good friend of Staige Blackford's for many years and for many issues published, as he often lent his help with proofing, editing, reading, as well as contributing many times....
The Promised Land
A StoryA Sunday CruiseIt's a Sunday. Samuel Rosen sits in sunshine, sunshine, sunshine, taking a beating from the salt wind, on a fighting chair high up in the fishing tower of his son's big boat. But he's not fishing. Sundays, Peter insists on floating...
The Religion of James Monroe
James Monroe, RAh president of the United States, was born on April 28, 1758, in a home four miles from the birthplace of George Washington. He was the eldest son of Spence Monroe, a moderately prosperous planter in Westmoreland County. After studying...
The Secular Revolution: Power, Interests, and Conflict in the Secularization of American Public Life
The Secular Revolution: Power, Interests, and Conflict in the Secularization of American Public Life, edited by Christian Smith.A fascinating series of case studies, paired with an ambitious and generally successful attempt to rethink the sociological...