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. 76, No. 1, Winter

A Family Forever Linked to Jansenism
A FAMILY FOREVER LINKED TO JANSENISM By JOHN T. O'CONNOR The Travails of Conscience: The Arnauld Family and the Ancien Regime. By Alexander Sedgwick. Harvard. $45.00 For generations historians have discussed the intimate links between members of the...
A Little Night Music
1. Night Arrival in the Tropics where a thick black looms in loops and tangles where the dark thrusts of palm pierce deeper dark of swamp and sky where air is and oil and a humming whispering clicking springs from mud from wind from sliding water and...
A Prince of Climbers
Before he was 40 he had become one of the greatest modern mountaineers, and perhaps the greatest overall explorer of his time. When he died in an African village, The New York Times recalled that when he was a boy, he had met a Gypsy woman along a road...
A Question of Leadership: The 5th Army in Italy
Ask a citizen of the '90's who commanded the World War II American 5th Army in Italy and chances are he or she won't know. Except to students at the Citadel in South Carolina and certain angry veterans of the 36th Division in Texas, the name of mark...
Breaking Up Is (Sorta) Hard to Do
BREAKING UP IS (SORTA) HARD TO DO By SANFORD PINSKER Ex-Friends: Falling Out with Allen Ginsberg Lionel & Diana Trilling, Lillian Hellman, Hannah Arendt and Norman Mailer. By Norman Podhoretz. Free Press. $25.00. Norman Podhoretz's latest effort...
Coming to Terms with History: An Essay on Germany and the American South
1865. 1945. Two wars. Two defeats. And memories that linger, that fascinate. One might expect that a war that came to an end 55 years ago (let alone one that ended 135 years ago) would have long since ceased to hold sway over the imaginations and emotions...
Dear Princess Di
Dear Princess Di, For more than two years I have been writing this letter to you, and thinking, oh, Celia, go ahead and send it. She'll write you back. Then I heard about your car accident and this letter I was writing made me cry and cry because you...
Exposure
When the birds started singing, Ellen incorporated them into her dream. She was in a large dining room with French doors opening onto an enormous backyard. Around a long table was a family that resembled her own, but somehow was not. The children wanted...
Inexplicable World War I
The Pity of War. Explaining World War I. By Niall Ferguson. Basic Books. $30.00. In April 1999 The New Yorker published a profile of the British historian Niall Ferguson distinguished by the provocative contention that the Oxford don believed World War...
Powerful Angels
Two girls, big and little, so sisterly, and alone, ride the waves, their father's fast bursts of speed, in the back seat of the family's new car, into the past or into the future. These two look so similar, not because of who they are, but because of...
That Ancient Yarn
My grandmothers lived in old houses, wonderlands, unlikely treasures inherited and acquired, under every bed, in every cupboard, filling the attic-the chamber pot of my great-great-grandmother from Portugal painted with her name Donna Henrietta Maria...
The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture
The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture, edited by David T. Gies. This book provides a thorough and penetrating view of modern Spain. Written by top experts and intended for a wide audience, it contains not only literary culture but also historv,...
The Christmas Bus
The shooting of the victim taken off the Transportes del Norte bus there in the desert didn't get much attention. It might have attracted more coverage in the Mexican papers if there hadn't been the trouble in Chiapas the previous day. But Chiapas and...
The Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
The End of Apartheid in South Africa, by Lindsay Michie Eades. This junior reference work, weighty in pounds, if not in scholarship, provides the reader with some 450 pages of short entries on wellknown persons and topics in European history from the...
The Futures of American Freedom
Chapter 26 in The Education of Henry Adams, recently selected as the best non-fiction book written in English during the 20th century, bears the title "Twilight (1901)." In it the author, who taught and wrote remarkably astute history for many years,...
The Green Room
"Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal." As Americans enter a new century, and a new millennium, it seems fitting to cast an eve on American freedom, past and yet to come, as MICHAEL KAMMEN has done in his VQR essay. As one of America's...
The Limits of Meliorism in Foreign Affairs
Webster's dictionary defines meliorism as "the belief or doctrine that the world tends to become better and that man has the power of aiding its betterment." Meliorism presumes that the world is not hopelessly corrupt, but rather that it can, through...