The Virgin of Bennington (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 2, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Shy and sheltered as a young woman, Kathleen Norris wasn't prepared for the sex, drugs, and bohemianism of Bennington College in the late 1960sand when she moved to New York City after graduation, it was a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire. In this chronicle, Norris remembers the education she received, both formal and fortuitous; the influence of her mentor Betty Kray, who shunned the spotlight while serving as a guiding force in the poetry world of the late 20th century; her encounters with such figures as James Merrill, Jim Carroll, Denise Levertov, Stanley Kunitz, Patti Smith, and Erica Jong; and her eventual decision to leave Manhattan for the less-crowded landscape she described so memorably in Dakota. This account of the making of a young writer will resonate with anyone who has stumbled bravely into a bigger world and found the poetry that lurks on rooftops and in railroad apartmentsand with anyone who has enjoyed the blessings of inspiring teachers and great friends.
  

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Writer to writer, deeply confessional and...enjoyable. - Goodreads
Amazing Grace was a writer trying to be Katheleen. - Goodreads
Cloister Walk was a writer trying to be a writer. - Goodreads
Dakota, I said, was Kathleen trying be a writer. - Goodreads

Review: The Virgin of Bennington

User Review  - SL - Goodreads

It's amazing to me that anyone doesn't like this. Here is an autobiographical work without the word "I" on every page, not to mention a look into the world of the great poets....By itself it may be a little thin, but read as one piece out of her whole body of work, it's perfect. Read full review

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

I haven't read this woman's poetry and am not inclined to after this elegiac reflection of the 1960s in New York. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Kathleen Norris is the award-winning, bestselling author of Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith; The Cloister Walk; and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, in various anthologies, and in her own three volumes of poetry. She divides her time between South Dakota and Hawaii.

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