Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir [NOOK Book]

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Jack Kerouac. Allen Ginsberg. William S. Burroughs. LeRoi Jones. Theirs are the names primarily associated with the Beat Generation. But what about Joyce Johnson (nee Glassman), Edie Parker, Elise Cowen, Diane Di Prima, and dozens of others? These female friends and lovers of the famous iconoclasts are now beginning to be recognized for their own roles in forging the Beat movement and for their daring attempts to live as freely as did the men ...
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Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir

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Overview

Jack Kerouac. Allen Ginsberg. William S. Burroughs. LeRoi Jones. Theirs are the names primarily associated with the Beat Generation. But what about Joyce Johnson (nee Glassman), Edie Parker, Elise Cowen, Diane Di Prima, and dozens of others? These female friends and lovers of the famous iconoclasts are now beginning to be recognized for their own roles in forging the Beat movement and for their daring attempts to live as freely as did the men in their circle a decade before Women's Liberation.

Twenty-one-year-old Joyce Johnson, an aspiring novelist and a secretary at a New York literary agency, fell in love with Jack Kerouac on a blind date arranged by Allen Ginsberg nine months before the publication of On the Road made Kerouac an instant celebrity. While Kerouac traveled to Tangiers, San Francisco, and Mexico City, Johnson roamed the streets of the East Village, where she found herself in the midst of the cultural revolution the Beats had created. Minor Characters portrays the turbulent years of her relationship with Kerouac with extraordinary wit and love and a cool, critical eye, introducing the reader to a lesser known but purely original American voice: her own.

For two years, during the time that On the Road established Jack Kerouac as the spokesman and guiding light of the Beat Generation, Joyce Johnson was his girlfriend. This luminous, lyrical book is the story of that time. "A loving, tender and moving testament."--People.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Johnson's 1987 NBCC Award- winning memoir of the 1950s and her relationship with Kerouac and other beats features a new introduction by the author. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440621246
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 713,999
  • File size: 379 KB

Meet the Author

Joyce Johnson is the author of three novels, including The Night Café. Her other books include Minor Characters, which was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957–1958.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2001

    A Look Beyond the Ordinary

    A fantastic journey into the beat generation from a woman's perspective. Not only does Johnson share with her readers a look at Kerouac, she gives us an honest look at women as they begin their ascent to the modern women movement we now take for granted in this generation. In her candid portrayal of herself during that uneasy period of our American history, we are given a more honest example then most other writers ever hoped to achieve. A must for persons interested in late 20th Century America and Beat writing, as while as woman studies. A true luck beyond the ordinary.

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