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. 3, Summer

Camelot, Robert Kennedy, and Counter-Insurgency-A Memoir
What are we doing about guerilla warfare?" asked President John F. Kennedy in January 1961, shortly after he took office. The answer-at that time-not very much. Guerilla warfare, insurgencies, and Third World revolution were pretty far down the agenda...
Elegy for Katherine Anne
September 18, 1980-It is not quite 5 p.m., and Katherine Anne Porter is dead. She has expired in the true sense of the word, breathing out the last of her life imperceptibly. I am standing at her side holding her hand, looking at the notches on the ticking...
Funktionslust
The Germans have a word for it, the pleasure in what one does best. Don't fret the accent; savor the sense of gibbons swinging tree to tree, cats creeping through high weeds, dogs chasing frisbees into seaside froth. I always knew "fun" just began describing...
George Garrett: An Appreciation
George Garrett," reads the 1960 German text by Hedda Soellner that I sometimes use as part of the foreign language exam for my graduate students, "wurde in 1929 in Florida geboren, gehort also der jngsten Autorengeneration an." And now in 1999 in Virginia...
Grading the Lilies
Margaret was usually so beat on Friday nights, she came home, baked a potato, and read travel books in bed. Flynn, her roommate, ordered a large pepperoni pizza and ate it in the bathtub with her boyfriend while they watched TV. The Friday night before...
Harlem Gallery: An Advertisement and User's Manual
When it appeared in 1965, Harlem Gallery was Melvin Tolson's first book of poetry in 12 years. Tolson had always worked in that deliberate way: a few poems now and then in Poetry or some other sympathetic journal, then, suddenly, the publication of a...
Invention and Truth, Ellen Douglas and Truth
INVENTION AND TRUTH, ELLEN DOUGLAS AND TRUTH By PANTHEA REID Truth: Four Stories I Am Finally Old Enough to Tell. By Ellen Douglas. Algonquin. $18.95. The title of Ellen Douglas's latest book-Truth-might seem arrogant, were it not for the word "stories."...
Jen
After reading The Stranger in honors French, my friend John claimed that God was irrelevant, and cashed in the four-yearold savings bonds he got from his Bar Mitzvah. He bought a 1966 Pontiac GTO from a guy in Auburndale, and left the little plastic...
'Life under Nazism'
I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941. By Victor Klemperer. Translated by Martin Chalmers. Random House. $29.95. I. Between 1905 and 1935, Victor Klemperer (1881-1960) spent most of his adult years as a professor of Romance languages...
Lucas Beauchamp: An Unpublished Story
INTRODUCTION Toward the end of 1947, about four months before he started writing Intruder in the Dust, William Faulkner was deeply involved in writing the horse race section of A Fable, among whose principal characters are an elderly black man and two...
My Clandestine Career
In 1999, after 46 years of independent existence, to achieve greater efficiency at lower cost so it was said, the U.S. Information Agency was absorbed into the State Department. This was not front page news and hardly came as any surprise to the vast...
Poem That Wends Its Way through a Sculpture Garden, Trying to Get Home
Before these statues, before there were sculptors or even famous men, before rhododendrons or reflecting pools, before, perhaps, water itself, my father lived in the city of bald tires and overbites. He left it so I wouldn't have to & in leaving,...
Ted Turner et Al. at Gettysburg; or, Re-Enactors in the Attic
Let me admit that I am no fan of the Civil War industry. For one thing, I was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and spent the better part of the 50's and 60's watching the place fill up with everything from a gigantic commercial viewing tower to a Jesus...
The Green Room
"Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal." If not the greatest, WILLIAM FAULKNER ranks among the foremost American authors of the 20th century, as attested by the Nobel Prize for Literature he received in December 1950. Faulkner created...
The Grumpy and Violent State of an Exceptionalist Nation
A Double-Edged Sword. By Seymour Martin Lipset. W. W. Norton. $27.50 and American Exceptionalism: The State of the Nation: Government and the Quest for a Better Society. By Derek Bok. Harvard. $35.00 Lipset the sociologist and political scientist has...
The Night Sky
In the book you've been reading it's the end of the season. The shades have been drawn in that house by the lake, and a woman is standing alone on the porch. She thinks, There's no sense pretending I could have been happy here. A few notes from a piano...
The Sage of Atlanta
Ralph McGill: A Biography. By Barbara Barksdale Clowse. Mercer University Press. $29.99. Thank the gods for Ralph McGill, the great editor of The Atlanta Constitution. When the editor of the this journal handed me this book for review, the thoughts came...
Trauma Plate
The Body Armor Emporium opened down the street a few months back, and I tell you, it's killing mom-and-pop bulletproof vest rental shops like ours. We've tried all the gimmicks: two-for-one rentals, the VIP card, a night drop. But the end is near, and...
Virginia's Private War: Feeding Body and Soul in the Confederacy, 1861-1865
Virginia's Private War: Feeding Body and Soul in the Confederacy, 1861-1865, by William Blair. Although not a community study, this work by William Blair uses communities to tell a broader study. Blair is interested in national identity and how "interests...