Peter Prince, 19 January 1984
Show More Minor Characters by Joyce Johnson.
Collins, 262 pp., £7.95, May 1983, 0 00 272511 8Show More
Neurotica: The Authentic Voice of the Beat Generation 1948-1951 edited by Jay Landesman and G. Legman.
Jay Landesman, 535 pp., £19.95, July 1981, 0 905150 26 0Show More
Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac by Gerald Nicosia.
Grove, 767 pp., £14.95, October 1983, 0 394 52270 2Show More
“... Joyce Johnson was Jack Kerouac’s lover during a brief but crucial period in his career. She met him on a blind date fixed up by Allen Ginsberg in January 1957, nine months before the publication of his second novel. Outside a small circle of avant-garde writers and artists and drinking buddies, Kerouac then had few admirers. In 1950, under the name John Kerouac, he had published The Town and the City, a lengthy, rather formal account of his childhood and youth, heavily influenced by Thomas Wolfe ...”