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Winter 2019


“In the Orchard” is a short story written by Virginia Woolf and published in the Criterion in April 1923. The Criterion was a journal that focused on publishing high-brow literature; it contained works from authors such as T.S. Eliot (who also edited the journal), George Saintsbury, and, of course, Virginia Woolf. Eliot created the Criterion with the purpose of publishing writing that contained the unconventional practices seen in modernist writing. Banerjee notes this motive when he states, “He [Eliot] also believed that it was through the journalistic channel that he could promote the kind of revolutionary poetry that he and friends like Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and Wyndham Lewis were writing” (234). Thus, the Criterion was a journal which sought to publish literature that was both high-brow and promoted modernist writing practices. “In the Orchard” meets both of these requirements.