After a sheltered upbringing in Hawaii, Kathleen Norris was woefully unprepared for Bennington College in the 1960s, with its counterculture of drugs, sex, and bohemianism. This is Norris's memoir of that time, when she worked at the Academy of American Poets in the day and hung out with Andy Warhol's crowd at night. It is an inspiring tribute to ...Read MoreAfter a sheltered upbringing in Hawaii, Kathleen Norris was woefully unprepared for Bennington College in the 1960s, with its counterculture of drugs, sex, and bohemianism. This is Norris's memoir of that time, when she worked at the Academy of American Poets in the day and hung out with Andy Warhol's crowd at night. It is an inspiring tribute to poetry and a stunning evocation of a time and place that is all but forgotten: New York City in the late '60s.Read Less
New. 1587884232 ISBN: 1587884232 Audiobook, NEW! Three Audio Cassettes; approximately 4 hours playing time, read by Sandra Burr. Brillance Audio, Abridged edition (April 1, 2001). Audiobooks, Biographies & Memoirs, Poets, Poetry. From Library Journal: Fans of Norris will undoubtedly be attracted to this coming-of-age memoir that charts her personal and professional life from the tumultuous 1960s into the more staid 1970s. As a transplanted Midwesterner from the plains of South Dakota, Norris spends her academic years at Vermont's Bennington College, out of sync with her classmates. She samples drugs (mostly speed, with disastrous results) and enters into an affair with a married professor. These were typical activities for the time of which she writes, still the author herself maintains an innocence and vulnerability that follow her to New York, where she moves after graduation. She happens into a job at the Academy of American Poets (AAP), a new organization under the direction of Elizabeth Kray, whose tireless efforts brought new poets to prominence and made poetry accessible to the general public. Kray also served as a mentor and motivator for Norris's own efforts as a poet, which resulted in winning recognition and publication for her first book. Exposed to encounters with some of the most notable poets of that time Denise Levertov, Erica Jong, James Merrill, James Wright, Gerard Malanga Norris ultimately decides to return to her roots, forsaking the East Coast for the plains of the Midwest. Unlike her previous works, which are either more personal or spiritual, the greatest portion of this story deals with the work of Kray as director of the AAP. For those who hope for something revelatory concerning the author of The Cloister Walk, this book, read by Sandra Burr, will not provide much in the way of enlightenment. Recommended for larger public libraries. Gloria Maxwell, Penn Valley Community Coll., Kansas City, MO Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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