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. 75, No. 2, Spring

Hills like White Hills
Anything high might have taken his son. Transmission lines, a radio tower, trees. Crows even, migrating geese, though it ad been late in the year for geese. Ordinary phone lines for that matter. A church steeple, a bullet sent skyward by a disappointed...
In the Desert
We made a strange trinity: Daniel had recently converted to Catholicism; Joan had recently returned to the Church; and it had been years since I'd been to mass. My first week visiting Tucson my hosts, Daniel and Joan, were going to mass and I agreed...
Lee and His Generals in War and Memory
Lee and His Generals in War and Memory, by Gary W. Gallagher. Gallagher, one of the most prolific authors writing on the military aspects of the American Civil War, presents in this volume 13 essays, all but one of which have been published before. In...
Numbers
Thi Hanh and I moved to Tan Chau village last year. Tan Chau lies on the Thanh Hoa canal, which sings with freedom as it flows into the Mekong River on its way to the sea. Only the wind and the water, which you cannot imprison, are truly free. Even Thi...
Obsession and Calamity
Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders. -Light in August. B.L. Reid, upon meeting V. S. Pritchett many years ago, asked him if there isn't "such a thing as a duty to write an autobiography?"...
On Brattle Street
It's sunny, but fat flakes of snow Are swirling in the air on Brattle Street Outside the library window where he sits hoping To answer, in the spare hour he has, a woman friend's Challenging remark that few men allow themselves to listen To an inner...
Race in America, or Where Liberalism Went Wrong
Shelby Steele came to wide public attention with The Content of Our Character (1991), a collection of essays that made it abundantly clear he was not about to let racial politics or party lines impose "a certain totalitarianism over the maverick thoughts...
Sense and Sensibility
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY By ANDREW BURSTEIN Enlightenment and Pathology: Sensibility in the Literature and Medicine of Eighteenth-Century France. By Anne C. Vila. Johns Hopkins University Press. $55.00 cloth, 19.95 paper. Humans are preoccupied with-indeed...
The Birthday
It is 3 a.m. at the Maywood Street Co-op when Eddie finds the sea anemone floating in the bathtub. He is stoned as well as drunk. As he staggers into the bathroom, he notices the shower curtain is halfway drawn. Big yellow daisies swarm before his eyes....
The Brothers Mann
Letters of Heinrich And Thomas Mann, 1900-1949. Edited and with an Introduction by Hans Wysling. Foreword by Anthony Heilbut. Translated by Don Reneau. With additional translations by Richard and Clara Winston. University of California. $50.00. "The...
The Business of Love
There were Japanese tourists all over Oahu, and though Mark was himself of Japanese extraction, he had been born and raised in America and felt completely separate from these rich visitors who were always, as far as he could see, buying and buying, drunk...
The Green Room
THE GREEN ROOM "Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal." The story of the Southern Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's was largely written by Martin Luther King, Jr. and his forces of nonviolence, but the Movement did not attract black...
The Hemingways: An American Tragedy
After my book Hemingway: A Biography had been accepted for publication by Harper & Row in 1984, it had to be read by the company lawyer to make sure there were no libelous passages and no infringement of copyright. I was told this would take two...
The Jesuit Republic of South America
My wife, Susana, discovered an old journal in her home town of Santa Fe, in central Argentina, an account relating to one of the more edifying experiences in human history. She found it in a provincial museum. It was the memoir of an 18th-century Jesuit...
The Southern Racial Conversion Narrative: Larry L King and Pat Watters
In that curious history of what I might call the white Southern racial conversion narrative-that literature of the mid and late 20th century in which white Southerners told of coming up from racism and embracing racial brotherhood and sisterhood-the...
The Southern Way of Religion
As a boy growing up in the rural South in the 1950's, I took absolutely for granted the cultural primacy of religion (meaning, of course, evangelical Protestantism). Every person I was taught to respect was . a church member. School opened each morning...
The Swannanoa Review
As soon as Jesse opened the envelope he knew it was trouble. The title of the enclosed manuscript brought a smile to his ace, but it also brought a keen sense that there would be a heavy price to pay for whatever amusement was there. "On First Looking...
Three Prose Poems
1 Oh, yesterday, that one, we all cry out. Oh, that one! How rich and possible everything was! How ripe, ready, lavish, and filled with excitement-how hopeful we were on those summer days, under the clean, white racing clouds. Oh, yesterday! 2 I was...
What Is a Book?
In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood, asking myself a question, namely, "What is the canon?" On my way to answering it, I'd like to say I went to hell and purgatory and paradise, like Dante, but all I did was give up...