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U. of Virginia orders management review of literary journal after editor's suicide

September 2, 2010

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan has ordered "a thorough review" of the management of the university's acclaimed literary journal, following the suicide of a top editor last month.

The death of Kevin Morrissey, managing editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, has drawn attention because of questions about the work environment at the journal and Morrisey's efforts to contact university officials before he shot himself July 30 near the Charlottesville campus. Morrissey was 52.

Morrissey's sister said her brother suffered from depression but was pushed to suicide by "a very hostile work environment."

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