Virgin of Bennington.

By Kathleen Norris. Riverhead Books, Division of Penguin Putnam, 2001, 250 pp.

Interesting insights into how Kathleen Norris became who she is. All about her life and influences from about 17 years or age.  Discusses university and subsequent work for Elizabeth Kray at the Academy of American Poets.

Fascinating insider look at how this organization advanced poetry and poets in the USA from the mid-20th century onward before the days of the NEA. Poetry readings, poets in schools, Poetry circuits…. all of that originated under Elizabeth Kray’s visionary guidance at the AAP.

Really this is two biographies one for Norris and one for her dearly loved and amazing mentor, Kray.  Does not really get into Norris’s involvement with the monks in S. Dakota

About thompsondavid

Artist, Italophile, happily retired software person. I read widely and am constantly finding wonderful things to discover and share. BA in English Literature, Masters in Library Science.
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