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. 74, No. 1, Winter

Across the Border
Five Fires: Race, Catastrophe, and the Shaping of California. By David Wyatt. Addison-Wesley. $25.00. There is more than one American dream. The one that sells itself is the pursuit of happiness, the idea of individual opportunity, the chance to make...
A Quaker Activist
Bayard Rustin: Troubles I've Seen, A Biography. By Jervis Anderson. Harper Collins. $30.00. Jervis Anderson's biography of Bayard Rustin reveals that the restricted opportunities for gays did not always result in constricted lives. Individuals like Rustin...
A Shooting
Phil Anderson wiped the thin layer of sweat from his face with a white handkerchief and looked again out the window from inside the dark of the store. His father-in-law, whom he always called Mr. Wilkie, sat beside him in a cane-bottom chair. Phil had...
Cleanth Brooks: Courtly Enigma
Cleanth Brooks and the Rise of Modern Criticism. By Mark Royden Winchell. University Press of Virginia. $34.95. Winchell begins this biography by observing that Cleanth Brooks was probably the most important literary critic to come to prominence during...
Culture and Freedom in the Fifties: The Case of Jazz
Today we think of jazz as a uniquely and preeminently American art form. But this very judgment has given rise to something of a culture war. Indeed, it's hard not to be astonished at the palpable anger and bitterness with which critics and musicians...
Life in Late Antiquity
Alexandria in Late Antiquity. By Christopher Haas. Johns Hopkins. $45.00. The Virgin and the Bride: Idealized Womanhood in Late Antiquity. By Kate Cooper. Harvard. $37.50. Late Antiquity" is that slice of history filling the space between the Roman emperor...
Lord Acton's Ordeal: The Historian and Moral Judgment
Of all the eminent historians and scholars of Victorian England, the most peculiar in many respects and most different from the others was Lord Acton. In his day he enjoyed an immense reputation as one of the most learned men of the age and was part...
Mr. Jefferson and His Constant Companions
In recent attempts to expose the delinquency of the extremist Thomas Jefferson during the era of the French Revolution, prominent writers have obsessed on familiar Jeffersonian catchphrases and 18th-century hyperbole: "Were there but an Adam and Eve...
Muckraking Inside the Ivory Towers
Bright College Years: Inside the American Campus Today. By Anne Mathews. Simon & Schuster. $23.00. Long before Anne Matthews, author of Where the Buffalo Roam and a professor in New York University's graduate journalism program, decided to spend...
My Six Weeks in the Peace Corps: An Armenian Adventure
On Sunday, June 25, 1997, I left my Virginia home for Chicago, thence to embark on Peace Corps service in Armenia. The Peace Corps had been in this small and distant Transcaucasian country since 1992, one year after it proclaimed itself an independent...
Overtaken
Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. Proverbs 9:17 Two weeks later, from the warm comfort of her claw-footed tub, Tana recalled exactly how she looked that day, stealing candles at the church. She had glanced at the slats of...
Sir Richard Southern Looks Back: A Portrait of the Medievalist as a Young Man
In 1953 a book entitled The Making of the Middle Ages was published by Hutchinson and Company, an established English academic publishing house. Its author was Richard Southern, at the time a rather obscure Oxford don with only a modest record of publication....
The Black Madonna Shrines and Grotto
Old Bill had learned about this wedding, and he said if there was one thing he wanted to have again before he died, it was wedding cake. He pulled off his cap and produced ten one dollar bills that he must have been saving for something like this, and...
The Boy from Springfield
When Michael Swell came South, he got in the habit of telling people he was from the midwest. It was a natural enough mistake. It seemed important to those he worked for that he come from someplace relatively harmless. The East was out of the question,...
The Fairy Whip
They always put Foley and me together. From the time he was four and I was two, they thought it was cute the way we'd hug and hold hands and toddle around together. With him being mildly retarded, and boys being slower than girls anyway, we were just...
The Final New South?
Distinctions there still are between the South and the rest of the country, but not very interesting ones. Praise of the unique Southern cuisine or spiritual, country, and Appalachian folk music can carry regional celebrants only so far. In most qualities,...
The Foote/percy Letters
The Correspondence of Shelby Foote and Walker Percy. Edited by Jay Tolson. The Center for Documentary Studies in association with W. W. Norton. $27.50. When Shelby Foote and Walker Percy, two of the South'sand America's-most distinguished 20th-century...
The Green Room
"Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal." Lord Acton and Sir Richard Southern were Englishmen of different centuries and different religious denominations-the one Catholic, the other Protestant-but they shared a common calling and became...
The Second Person
1. The beautiful athletes on the white beach work out in unison for the camera this morning, their muscle clothes the colors of berries, of bright flags and fields growing, the sun the butter smear of wax on the coconut palms and health spa's glass siding....
Vereda Tropical
"Tu la dejaste ir" "Tropical path, you let her leave." It's just the same. The season was rotten. Even if you couldn't tell in this all the time summer place, I could. She marked the time of year by fits of weeping. Then fits of laughter. Then anger....
Wonder Woman in the Land of Good and Plenty: Big Winners and Little Losers
WONDER WOMAN IN THE LAND OF GOOD AND PLENTY: BIG WINNERS AND LITTLE LOSERS* In Memory of Judy Taylor Gentile There are no winners in this world," my Uncle Moe would protest whenever I pestered him about the secrets of handicapping horses and men and...