We Write for Our Own Time: Selected Essays from Seventy-Five Years of the Virginia Quarselected Essays from Seventy-Five Years of the Virginia Qu
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BeschreibungIn 1925, Edwin A. Alderman, president of the University of Virginia, fulfilled a long-held dream by establishing a magazine at the institution founded by Thomas Jefferson just over one hundred years earlier. Not only did Alderman initiate publication of the Virginia Quarterly Review, he contributed an essay to its inaugural issue.Appearing as the first selection in this new volume of nonfiction from the VQR, Alderman's "Edgar Allan Poe and the University of Virginia" reflects the rare combination of literary sensibility and immersion in the political and social issues of the day, which has characterized the journal throughout its seventy-five-year history. As Alderman writes, "I may be frank and say that there was a time when Poe did not greatly appeal to me. I felt the sheen clear beauty of his song..., but his detachment from the world of men, where my interests most centered, left me unresponsive and simply curious....I have come, however, to see the limitations of that view, and to behold something admirable and strange and wonderful in this proud, gifted man."While the style and diction of the contributions have changed in the years since that first spring issue, a similar clarity of thought, deep intelligence, candor, and command of language can be found in every one of the fifty one essays assembled here by Alexander Burnham. From its home at One West Range, a few doors down from Poe's own room, the VQR has welcomed to its pages scholars such as Dumas Malone and Robert Coles, and writers whose books have become international bestsellers, including Arthur C. Clarke and Frances Mayes.Included here are some of the twentieth century's most brilliant thinkers and stylists,such international literary, political, and intellectual figures as Andre Gide, D. H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Evelyn Waugh, T. S. Eliot, Eleanor Roosevelt, Thomas Mann, Jean-Paul Sartre (whose essay provides the title for this collection), Bertrand Russell, and Robert Graves
PortraitAlexander Burnham, a frequent contributor to the VQR, has worked as a staff writer and editor of the New York Times and as managing editor of a New York publishing house.
Untertitel: Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: UNIV OF VIRGINIA PR
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2000
Seitenanzahl: 463 Seiten