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. 77, No. 4, Autumn

American Jewish Liberalism
Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America. By Marc Dollinger. Princeton University Press. $35.00. Conventional political wisdom about the American-Jewish electorate holds that Jews are the only group that vote against their economic...
A Monumental Avenue
Richmond's Monument Avenue By Sarah Shields Driggs, Richard Guy Wilson, and Robert P. Winthrop. Original photography by John 0. Peters. University of North Carolina Press. $39.95. Henry James viewed the Lee Monument of Richmond, "the capital of the Confederacy,"...
A Nest of Mares
After his death in 1996 at the age of 90, the estate of the late architect William Draper was divided among his five children. The siblings drew lots for his antique furniture and his collection of more than 50 oil paintings and watercolors. His daughter...
'A Radiance of Attention'
'A RADIANCE OF ATENTION' By ROBERTA SILMAN The Flashboat: Poems Collected and Reclaimed. By Jane Cooper. W. Norton. $23.95. Jane Cooper's latest book is cause for celebration. This new volume includes all of her previously published work as well as poems...
Bad Timing
Bad Timing, by Betsy Berne. In her debut novel, Betsy Berne introduces her readers to a Jewish, New York artist who makes a modest living free-lancing articles for fashion magazines and showing her work at local galleries. Berne's interest is in her...
Confessions of an Ordinary Man
I am an ordinary man, and like most of my kind take neither pleasure nor its pursuit lightly. On the contrary ordinary men would rather earn pleasure as they have earned their success. Heirs of the Puritans Mencken claimed were as repressed as they were...
Counteracting the Powers of Darkness
"For he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin & glaring eyes." -Christopher Smart, from My Cat Jeoffry Whenever my mother spoke of me as an infant, her story began the same way: he was born with impetigo. She said this with a...
Defining America's Role in a Unipolar World
William Clinton's chief foreign policy legacy was a nation more divided on matters of external affairs than at any time since the culminating isolationist-internationalist clash of 1941-one resolved quite conclusively by the Japanese attack on Pearl...
Fast-Talking Dames
Fast-Talking Dames, by Maria DiBattista. This book celebrates the witty banter of the heroines whose saucy rejoinders make films such as Bringing Up Baby, Ninotchka, His Girl Friday, The Awful Truth, and The Lady Eve perennial favorites with movie lovers....
Freedom and Time: A Theory of Constitutional Self-Government
Freedom and Time: A Theory of Constitutional Self-Government, by Jed Rubenfeld. We hear much today of "living in the moment," by which people mean the project of attempting to be wholly captivated by the instant in the flux of time. Rubenfeld thinks...
Harriet Munro: The Untold Story
It wasn't my idea to say a few words about Harriet Munro, but some think due to my years, I may have information about her that is not already in the public record. I met Harriet Munro at the Columbia Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, Illinois where, if...
Hitler's Lingering Shadow
Hitler 1936-1945. Net. By Ian Kershaw. W.W. Norton. $35.00. In 1999 Ian Kershaw warned an attentive audience at the German Historical Institute in Washington that the first volume of his Hitler biography (Hitler 1889-1936. Hubris) contained no factual...
Huckleberry Finn and the Problem of Freedom
"...he ain't no slave, he's as free as any cetr that walks this earth." -Tom Sawyer spying the beam about Jim -We're free ... We're free ..." Linda Loman at Willy's Graveside. Freedom is America's abiding subject, as well as its deepest problem. I realize...
In Defense of Government
The greatest obstacle to America's progress toward a stable society, unplagued by social ills, is not crime or drugs or a decline in family values, but, instead, a growing hostility toward government, and particularly the federal government. The demented...
Keeper of Secrets, Teller of Lies
Except for a desk clerk in a black beret, an old man with a fish hook in his thumb and a woman with her young son, both of whom were periodically doubled over by violent, booming coughs, Dennis Hill had the emergency room to himself This was a Tuesday,...
Life Sentences
The bitter internecine wars of the faculty were long past, consigned to reminiscence and hallway anecdote, and Jeremy Fox missed them. No longer did his colleagues bellow and spume at one another over adding women's studies to the curriculum (and women...
Providence
A wayward yellow-nosed albatross that apparently strayed from its marine habitat in the Southern Hemisphere has turned up in the New York metropolitan area, and has even been spotted flying along the median strip of the Garden State Parkway.-The New...
Revolution without Marx or Rand
REVOLUTION WITHOUT MARX OR RAND By JAMES E. PERSON JR. Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition. By Wendell Berry. Counterpoint Press. $21.00 In his book The Prospect of Immortality, a work which made a minor splash upon its publication...
Rome's Gladiatorial Games
Gladiators and Caesars: The Power of Spectacle in Ancient Rome. Edited by Eckart Kohne and Cornelia Ewigleben; English version edited by Ralph Jackson. University of California Press. $29.95. The Museo Nazionale in Rome, which occupies part of the vast...
The Alabama Sharecropper's Wife
has a name of her own, you know. So? So ask her what in tarnation she thinks she's doing here among the bathers, nudes reclining, torsos of Venus, costumed odalisques or who for the love of glory could ever make her pose against the weathered pine, the...
The Continuing Argument over Jutland
It can be argued that the greatest mistake made by the Germany of Kaiser Wilhelm II, apart from giving Austria-Hungary the blank check that turned what might have been a localized dispute into a catastrophic world war, was the decision to build a High...
The Green Room
"Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal." Although America is the world's only superpower, the course of its foreign policy is by no means sure or certain. Indeed, diplomatic historian NORMAN GRAEBNER finds that President Clinton's "chief...
The Surprising Peter Taylor
Putting aside the manuscript Styron had read, I started another novel. The new book, Man in Motion, was a comedy, based on my travels and travails in Mexico. But by a curious quirk of logic, Linda believed that France was the perfect place to finish...
Virgina's Holy City
American City, Southern Place: A Cultural History of Antebellum Richmond. By Gregg D. Kimball. University of Georgia Press. $35.00. To the Civil War researcher, it sometimes seems that every general, politician, refugee, and prisoner who set foot in...