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. 82, No. 4, Fall

A Berlin Epiphany
One could see how it might have been intended to work.I was in Berlin a few months back for a concert featuring two compositions by Ernst Toch, my grandfather: a Cello Concerto that during the height of the Weimar era had been one of the most celebrated...
Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England
HISTORY Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle that Made England, by Juliet Barker. Little, Brown, June 2006. $27.95Henry the Fifth never recovered from Shakespeare, who cast him in the folkloristic role of the unlikely rapscallion prince who comes to the...
A Martial Epic for Our Own Time
A Martial Epic for Our Own Time House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power, by James Carroll. Houghton Mifflin, May 2006. $30In The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, the article on "Epic" cites some definitions by...
An Army of Chitterlings
When I threw my copy of Gargantua and Pantagruel across room 53 of the Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc (twin beds, bath, 95 euros a night), it was because Pantagruel and his friends were about to be attacked by a huge army of ... chitterlings. I'd endured Rabelais'...
A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation
A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation by Catherine Allgor. Henry Holt, April 2006. $30Allgor's previous book, Parlor Politics, dealt with how the ladies of Washington "helped build a city and a government." In this book...
Between Friends: Rediscovering the War Thoughts of Robert Frost
In 1918, Robert Frost inscribed a new poem, "War Thoughts at Home," in a copy of North o/Boston, his second book. In the eighty-eight years since, the poem never quite resurfaced-until now. Published here for the first time, "War Thoughts at Home" embodies...
Cougar & Zeke
I.AprilCougar, Zeke's little brother, will be home on Labor Day weekend. Cougar's in Iraq, and this lends Zeke an air of authenticity when he marches around campus demanding peace. He has a personal stake in the war. He isn't some pansy from a long line...
Dead on a Side Track: On Frost's "War Thoughts at Home"
Abandon hope of sober analysis here: a new Frost poem has surfaced. There is something new in the old voice, another song in a stanza-form packed with salt and built to last, another note struck upon war broken out far away and near while another war...
District and Circle
District and Circle, by Seamus Heaney. Farrar, Straus, May 2006. $20District and Circle, his twelfth collection of poems, displays Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney exercising the full range of his powers. The poems traverse a wide range of form, theme,...
Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy, by Noam Chomsky. Metropolitan Books, April 2006. $24Everything Americans thought they knew about bringing freedom and democracy to the world turns out to be but a noble dream; the nightmare...
Fire in the Ashes: God, Evil, and the Holocaust
Fire in the Ashes: God, Evil, and the Holocaust, edited and introduced by David Patterson and John K. Roth. Washington, December 2005. $45In the context of an academic world prone to high levels of specialization, obscure prose, and a model in which...
Günter Grass and the Legacy of the Holocaust
(ProQuest Information and Learning: ... denotes formulae omitted.)On August 11, Nobel Laureate Günter Grass revealed that he had not been a member, as he had always maintained, of the so-called Flakhelfer generation-the name given German youths conscripted...
I Am Not What I Am: The Poetry of Mark Strand
I Am Not What I Am: The Poetry of Mark Strand Man and Camel, by Mark Strand. Knopf, September 2006. $241Stop me if you've heard this. A beautiful blonde steps into an elevator with George Clooney. Once the doors close she sidles up to him and, in a sultry...
Measuring Heaven: Pythagoras and His Influence on Thought and Art in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Measuring Heaven: Pythagoras and His Influence on Thought and Art in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Christlane L. Joost-Gaugier. Cornell, January 2006. $45Though best known today for a geometry theorem named in his honor, the Pythagoras of independent...
My Mother Wanted It All to Be Beautiful
The land was for bunchgrass, for cattlegrazing against the wind-not color, notcontented gazing. She dragged hoses,cleared and coaxed countless hoursin the patch north of the house that Dadlet her do with what she wanted tofight the parched air with columbine...
My Tears See More Than My Eyes
MY SON'S DEPRESSION AND THE POWER OF ARTWe parents signed in and entered the waiting area of the boys' ward that doubled as a family room during visiting hours. We migrated to the far corners of the room, as far away as possible from one another, as...
Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew
Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew, by Samuel Fromartz. Harcourt, April 2006. $25No wonder there now is a fledgling food reform movement calling itself Beyond Organic. After reading Organic, Inc. one begins to understand why some would feel...
Our Edgar
These are the stories of Edgar Allan PoeNot exactly the boy next door-from POEtry, a rock opera by Lou Reed and Robert WilsonEdgar Allan Poe, that strange genius of a hack writer, lived in such a narcissistic cocoon of torment as to be all but blind...
Rilke's Blue Flower
1In 1902, in Paris, after one of his early encounters with Rodin, Rilke wrote to Clara about a stroll he had taken with the master and his small daughter in the garden of the sculptor's villa. "Once," he wrote, "she brought a violet. She laid it with...
Shepherdess
1This girl I've been seeing falls out of a tree one June evening. She's a little drunk-I bought a couple of bottles of hopefully decent Chardonnay from Trader Joe's on my way over to her house-and now she's a little drunk and a little belligerent. There...
Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary
LITERARY STUDIES Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary, edited by Joseph M. Flora and Amber Vogel. LSU, June 2006. $55The fecundity of Southern literary soil has often been remarked. Richness and diversity in high yield has continued now for...
Tears in Timor
PAGES FROM A PHOTOGRAPHER'S NOTEBOOKIn the Comoro district of Dili, the capital of East Timor, a simple two-lane road is the dividing line. On one side are the Loro Sae-people from where the sun rises-the easterners; on the other, the Loro Mono-where...
The Essential Chaplin: Perspectives on the Life and Art of the Great Comedian
GENERAL NONFICTION The Essential Chaplin: Perspectives on the Life and Art of the Great Comedian, edited with and introduction by Richard Schickel. Ivan R. Dee, July 2006. $27.50 cloth, $16.95 paperThat Charlie Chaplin, long the most famous person in...
The Imperative
In the fluorescent stain of the Gas-N-Go,where sausages parch on rollers and the bun steamer huffs,he shifts his weight from foot to foot,idling inside his solitude and held within whatI imagine is the sorrow in his father's eye.On his puffed tonguedoughnut...
The King in Black
An exclusive excerpt from the forthcoming novel The Yiddish Policeman's Union1Nine months Landsman's been flopping at the hotel Zamenhof without any of his fellow residents managing to get themselves murdered. Now somebody has put a bullet in the brain...
TONY KUSHNER but the Giraffe!
A CURTAIN RAISER FOR HANS KRÁSA'S BRUNDIBÁRHans Krása's opera for children, Brundibár, premiered in 1942 at the Prague Vinohrady Jewish Boys' Orphanage and was subsequently given fifty-five performances by the children prisoners of the Terezin concentration...
Turnings and Returnings: The Art of Jake Berthot
How easy it is to glance at/glance off so much contemporary art. Sometimes it seems partly a result of the postmodern repudiation of subjectivity and passion, which have always relied on images of depth for expression. One of postmodernism's more dubious...