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. 1, Winter

Brooke and Strachey: Such Dear Friends
Friends and Apostles: The Correspondence of Rupert Brooke and James Strachey, 1905-1914. Edited by Keith Hale. Yale University Press. $35. This book of letters records a moving love story. Rupert Brooke and James Strachey first met as boys of ten at...
Church on Saturday Night: Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion
The program begins with music at five o'clock Central Time on Saturday evenings, and music makes up nearly half the two-hour show. The first words to come out of Garrison Keillor's mouth at the start of his weekly public radio program, A Prairie Home...
Disparaging Hemingway
In introducing his less than admiring review of Ernest Hemingway's Across the River and Into the Trees, in The New York Times Book Review John O'Hara referred to him as the greatest writer since Shakespeare. O'Hara wasn't simply being contrarian; I'm...
Eine Grossstadt
The last time I'd looked at the Victory Column, I was under a netting of green-brown-grey camouflage put up to foil R.A.F. bombers using Berlin's towering memorial as a direction finder. This time, we were looking down on where I'd ridden a bus under...
Freud and Vienna
Freud and Vienna go hand-in-hand in our minds, like Jefferson and Monticello, or Dickens and London. Freud's home at Berggasse 19 has become a place of pilgrimage, a tourist attraction that draws the faithful and the merely curious alike. Yet on both...
In Matera
In Matera, where the darkness rose from the sockets of caves under the city, like a town in Pennsylvania where the coal fires bum miles down, year after year, unquenchable, I dreamed again of you, so seldom in all this time, and not even you, but a stranger...
'Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire": Some Notes on the Life and Art of the Late James Dickey
The main burden of Henry Hart's recently published James Dickey: The World as a Lie (Picador, $35), coming to the reading public after eight years of intensive research and investigation, is two-fold: to set a highly inaccurate record straight, and to...
Lord Action: Victorian Luminary
Lord Action. By Roland Hill. Yale University Press. $35.00. Can a man be famous for a book that never saw the light and for a long awaited masterpiece that failed to be born? The answer is yes, if the man is Lord Acton. For many years Acton, who was...
Night Deposit
Leathers wound up and threw the tennis ball again as far as he could across the pasture. Each time he did this, the big half-collie Ralph would go bounding after it, come tearing back with the ball in his teeth. The game had grown tedious for Leathers,...
Origins of the American Revolution
Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the Anerican Revolution in Virginia. By Woody Holton. Published for Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture by University of North Carolina Press. $39.95 cloth, $15.95 paper....
Palestine on the Pampas
The diaspora of the Jews has scattered them across the world to more unlikely destinations than one could list. But few seem as outlandish as the small town set in the oceanic reaches of the Argentine pampas called Moises Ville. This sun-- blasted place...
Playing Hedda
Listen, Mack, I'd love to do the part, it could make my career. But I'm very very wary. For a number of reasons. One, she's a bully, and I fear bullying women. Two, the ending ..... Claire's throat gets stuck and she spreads her arms in a helpless way....
Remembering for the Future
The Holocaust and the Christian World: Reflections on the Past; Challenges for the Future. Edited by Carol Rittner, Stephen D. Smith and Irena Steinfeldt. Kuperad Publishing. $25.00. On the circular walls of the Hall of Remembrance in the United States...
Shinemaster
I don't know why the fabulous griffin-lifting its huge eagle beak and wings, its long lion tail and clearly unshod right front paw-ever became part of the name and logo of this shoeshine it but there it is, in golden profile on the label: Griffin Shinemaster,...
Stone Swans
The principal of Peter J. Jeffres High School finished locking the trophy cabinet and put the tiny key in his pocket. For a second he just stood there, light refracting off the bifocals he couldn't get used to. The gold wavered like a candle flame, and...
Stories with a Moral: Literature and Society in Nineteenth-Century Georgia
Stories with a Moral: Literature and Society in Nineteenth-Century Georgia, by Michael E. Price. Suggesting that literary works are a viable gauge in which to measure fundamental social change, Stories with a Moral explores what Southern historian Edward...
The Anatomy of Counter-Revolution
Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950s. By Pete Daniel. University of North Carolina Press. $45.00 cloth, $19.95 paperback. Leander H. Perez was perhaps the most implacable and cunning of the segregationists battling against the Civil Rights Movement...
The Makeover
Eddie's girlfriend, Angela, wanted to look like Lena Home in the makeover. She was psychic, and she told Eddie she'd experienced this overwhelming vision that it was time to change her image. She asked him to go with her to the photography studio. It...
The Papers of Henry Laurens, Vol. XV: December 11, 1778-August 31, 1782
The Papers of Henry Laurens, Vol. XV: December 11, 1778-August 31, 1782, edited by David R. Chesnutt and C. James Taylor. This volume covers an eventful and ultimately tragic period in the life of Henry Laurens. At the volume's beginning in December...
Under the Big Top
I. Heat Lightning Fields of flax and sweetcorn flash under a half-moon climbing the trellised treeline. Distant clouds tremble each time the horizon flares, and the mare's hipbones glisten as if sun-lit. She snorts, shakes her bridle, but Ted's mother...