Coming of Age

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Editor: Jeffrey W. Hunter
Publisher: Gale, part of Cengage Group
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 522 words

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[(review date 23 May 2001) In the following brief review, Schmid predicts that The Virgin of Bennington will not appeal to all of Norris's fans.]

Those who have been attracted to Kathleen Norris's spiritual writings may be surprised at this departure from her previous work. The Virgin of Bennington is a memoir of her emergence from Bennington College into the literary world of New York City between 1969 and 1975. The sexual revolution was in full swing, and her title, of course, relates to her sexual inexperience as an undergraduate. Norris chronicles her sexual initiation during her senior year and her sexual encounters in New York. She has chosen to be candid about this part of her life because it is an integral part of her story of coming...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1100080191