`The Virgin of Bennington,' by Kathleen Norris; Riverhead Books.(Knight Ridder Newspapers)

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From: Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service
Date: 20010627
Author:Cochrum, Alan

You might say that Kathleen Norris is missing half of her title. Her latest book could have been called "The Virgin of Bennington (and the Madonna of Manhattan)."

Not that the South Dakota author _ the "Virgin" of the title _ venerates her poetic mentor Elizabeth Kray in the same way that Roman Catholics do the original Madonna. But unlike the stereotypical memoir, this account of Norris' collegiate life in Vermont and her early times in New York is not a one-star-and-supporting-cast show. Indeed, it is almost as much Kray's story as it is Norris'.

"I had no idea, when I ...

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