For three quarters of a century, VQRs primary mission has been to sustain and strengthen Jeffersons bulwark, long describing itself as A National Journal of Literature and Discussion. And for good reason. From its inception in prohibition, through depression and war, in prosperity and peace, the Virginia Quarterly Review has been a havenand homefor the best essayists, fiction writers, and poets, seeking contributors from every section of the United States and abroad. It has not limited itself to any special field. No topic has been alien: literary, public affairs, the arts, history, the economy. If it could be approached through essay or discussion, poetry or prose, VQR has covered it.