Writer Joyce Johnson Talks About Her Relationship to Beat Icon Jack Kerouac Writer Joyce Johnson talks about her relationship to Beat icon Jack Kerouac, and her book, Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters which is now out in paperback. In 1957, Johnson started a relationship with the then little-known writer Kerouac. Nine months later, Kerouacs Beat classic On the Road was published. Johnson will talk about her two-year, tumultuous love affair with Kerouac, and how the publication of On the Road changed Kerouac. Door Wide Open contains many letters sent to Johnson by Kerouac. In addition to Doors Wide Open, Johnson is also the author of 3 novels, including In the Night Cafi. Her memoir Minor Characters won the National Book Critics Circle award, and her work has been published in major magazines including the New Yorker and Harpers.
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Writer Joyce Johnson Talks About Her Relationship to Beat Icon Jack Kerouac

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Writer Joyce Johnson Talks About Her Relationship to Beat Icon Jack Kerouac

Writer Joyce Johnson Talks About Her Relationship to Beat Icon Jack Kerouac

Writer Joyce Johnson Talks About Her Relationship to Beat Icon Jack Kerouac

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Writer Joyce Johnson talks about her relationship to Beat icon Jack Kerouac, and her book, Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters which is now out in paperback. In 1957, Johnson started a relationship with the then little-known writer Kerouac. Nine months later, Kerouacs Beat classic On the Road was published. Johnson will talk about her two-year, tumultuous love affair with Kerouac, and how the publication of On the Road changed Kerouac. Door Wide Open contains many letters sent to Johnson by Kerouac. In addition to Doors Wide Open, Johnson is also the author of 3 novels, including In the Night Cafi. Her memoir Minor Characters won the National Book Critics Circle award, and her work has been published in major magazines including the New Yorker and Harpers.