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The Virgin of Bennington

Authors: Norris, Kathleen
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: BIO026000, BIO022000, BIO007000
ISBN: 9781440623417, Related ISBNs: 1440623414, 1573221791, 157322913X, 9781440623417, 9781573221795
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 272,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: 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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