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. 78, No. 2, Spring

'A Consummate Artist'
'A CONSUMMATE ARTIST' BY ROBERTA SILMAN Willa Cather and The Politics of Criticism. By Joan Acocella. Nebraska. $20.00 Like her character, Mandy Ringer, in Sapphira and The Slave Girl, Willa Cather was "born interested." She wrote from many vantage points:...
Arnold 'At Full Stretch'
The Letters of Matthew Arnold, Volume V, 1879-184. Edited by Cecil Y. Lang. Virginia. $60.00 This penultimate volume of the Virginia edition of Matthew Arnold's letters covers the years 1879-1884. 1879 was his 57th year and the 30th anniversary of the...
Bungling National Priorities
BUNGLING NATIONAL PRIORITIES By EWARD T. CHASE The Sixteen-Trillion-Dollar Mistake: How the U.S. Bungled Its National Priorities from the New Deal to the Present. By Bruce S. Jansson. Columbia. $27.50. There is no other book quite like this, a detailed...
Faith of Our Mothers: The Stories of Presidential Mothers from Mary Washington to Barbara Bush
Faith of Our Mothers: The Stories of Presidential Mothers from Mary Washington to Barbara Bush, by Harold I. Gan. Gullan's book is the latest in a literature growing out of an American fascination with political dynasties, first ladies, and presidential...
Fleeing the Thick of Family Life
The Southern Woman: New and Selected Fiction. By Elizabeth Spencer. The Modern Library. $23.95. The Southern Woman. Not women-woman. You can almost hear the author saying, "I felt the title a bit odd but my editor wanted it." Who is that Southern woman?...
Henry Adams at Ground Zero
I was not particularly surprised when The Education of Henry Adams, surely one of the oddest and most important of American books, recently headed up the Modern Library series' ranking of 100-best works of English language non-fiction. Such lists are...
Making Sense of America
When the Bureau of the Census began dribbling out results from the 2000 census in early 2001, both the press and the public seemed hard put to make sense of them. What kind of country did they reveal, especially when it came to such obsessions of intellectuals...
Mr. Crockett
His first name, Wilbury, had a slightly frivolous sound, like that of a furry character from Beatrix Potter or A. A. Milne, but no student would have thought of using it, even behind his back, for Mr. Crockett was the antithesis of frivolity, and his...
Newspaper Days
NEWSPAPER DAYS By ROBERT MASON An Honorable Estate. By Louis D. Rubin Jr. Louisiana. $22.50. A very long time ago I sat in James Street's Chapel Hill parlor with his house guest, H. Allen Smith, and Harry Golden. There was a lot of talk. The only words...
On Fire
ON FIRE Having been taught by fools, how else could I have ended up but as I am? a man who panics at the sound of his own voice, a blusterer, afraid that within the five-pointed maple leaf there lies another name he never knew; ready, always, to be found...
Raise High the Bookshelves, Censors!
RAISE HIGH THE BOOKSHELVES, CENSORS! By STEPHEN J. WHITTFIELD In Cold Fear: The Catcher in the Rye, Censorship Controversies and Postwar American Character. By Pamela Hunt Steinle. Ohio State. $45.00. The Catcher in the Rye has done strange things to...
Reading Groups
LITERARY STUDIES Reading Groups, by jenny Hartley in association with Sarah Turvey. With 50,000 Brits and ten times that many Americans involved in reading groups, it's time to describe what they are, who belongs to them, how they choose titles, how...
Remembering Our Bloodiest War
REMEMBERING OUR BLOODIEST WAR By LESLEY GORDON Race and the Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. By David W. Blight. Harvard. $29.95. Recently, historians have sought to understand how and why Americans continue to remember their civil war. Memory...
Taco Bell
I live in crazy times. If this were a song I'd put in a repeat. I live in crazy times. So do you. Mom's screaming at me from inside our house. "Answer me or else," she's shouting and soon she'll move the heavy block box, enter, and find me gone. It's...
Talking in the Dark (When the Rates Go Down)
TALKING IN THE DARK (WHEN THE RATES GO DOWN) My daughter dorm-distant I'm polishing zinc lids the shoulders of blue jars the way my mother shines yellow tiles in a third latitude radios buzz bad weather Ashley sprawls in jeans an apron props me mother...
The Barrymores: Hollywood's First Family
The Barrymores: Hollywood's First Family, by Carol Stein Hoffman. First and foremost, a family album. Second, a family history, not only of the Barrymores, but of the Lanes, the Drews, the Blyths, the Costellos, all theatrical families, all interrelated....
The Beautiful Morning of Almost June
I live alone 40 miles from Tucson and work at home translating movie scripts from German into English. Before this, for ten years, I worked at Farrar, Strauss in New York, handling German novels and film rights, which I parlayed into freelance. Agents...
The Girl without Hands
THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS --Grimm Sure enough, I hear the old I told you so: Now that you have a child-- now how do you like these stories of the parents who unwittingly bring their children to misery, and need to be forgotten? What saved the girl, if saved...
The Green Room
"Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal." Since September 11, 2001, millions of words worldwide have been written about the terrorist destruction of the World Trade Center. But SANFORD PINSKER has taken a unique approach to that tragedy....
The New Deal 'Constitutional Revolution' as an Historical Problem
The past quarter century has witnessed a major shift in the structures of American politics, often characterized as the passing of "the New Deal order." G. Edward White's superb new book The Constitution and the New Deal is a monument to that sea change,...
The Ore Miner's Wife
The man, a Cousin Jack, lost his left hand in the explosion and bled to death before they could raise him to the surface. Niklas was working further down the drift when the accident occurred. He heard the percussive rumble of the blast, and his mood...
The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series: Volume 11, August-October 1777
The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series: Volume 11, August-October 1777, edited by Philander D. Chase and Edward Lengel. The leaders of the American Revolution thought and communicated on paper, and many of their letters and written...
The Poetry of Abraham Lincoln
Not far from where I five in east central Illinois, the father of Abraham Lincoln lies buried. Though I've lived out here in this open land for more than two decades, I had not visited Thomas Lincoln's grave until last year, after my lather died. He...
The Road to September 11
Historians looking back at the tragic events of September 11 will discover the roots of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon originating in three episodes that occurred in 1979. The first event was the Iranian Revolution which...
The Unchartable Course of the Law
On Feb. 21, 2001, the country was consumed with the usual pulp non-fiction: whether a rap star distinguished by the obscenity of his lyrics would win a Grammy Award, whether an FBI agent just arrested as a spy was motivated by money, and whether ex-President...
Turtle
Neil and Karen rise at seven, before their children and before his parents, and creep through the old beach house as quietly as possible, the sand on the kitchen linoleum sticking to their bare feet. On the porch, where no one will hear them, they put...