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Joyce Johnson
Joyce Johnson by David Shankbone.jpg
Johnson at the 2007 Brooklyn Book Festival
Born Joyce Glassman
Queens, New York,
United States
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Notable works Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958

Joyce Johnson (born 1935) is an American author of fiction and nonfiction who won a National Book Critics Circle Award for her memoir Minor Characters about her relationship with Jack Kerouac.

Personal life[edit]

Born Joyce Glassman to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, Joyce was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a few blocks from the apartment of Joan Vollmer Adams where William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac lived from 1944-46. She was a child actress and appeared in the Broadway production of I Remember Mama, which she writes about in her 2004 memoir Missing Men.

At the age of 13, Joyce rebelled against her controlling parents and began hanging out in Washington Square. She matriculated at Barnard College at 16, failing her graduation by one class. It was at Barnard that she became friends with Elise Cowen (briefly Allen Ginsberg's lover) who introduced her to the Beat circle. Ginsberg arranged for Glassman and Kerouac to meet on a blind date while she was working on her first novel,Come and Join the Dance, which was sold to Random House when she was only twenty-one and appeared five years later in 1962 just as she was starting her long career as a book editor.

Joyce was married briefly to abstract painter James Johnson, who was killed in a motorcycle accident. From her second marriage to painter Peter Pinchbeck, which ended in divorce, came her son, Daniel Pinchbeck, also an author.


Jerry Yulsman's photograph of Joyce Johnson and Jack Kerouac outside the Kettle of Fish Bar in Greenwich Village during the 1950s.

Johnson's fiction and articles have appeared in Harper's, Harper's Bazaar, New York, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and the Washington Post.

In Minor Characters (Houghton Mifflin, 1983), the book she is best known for, she looked back at the years 1957 and 1958, the time when Kerouac rose from obscurity to fame with the publication of On the Road. Johnson brought attention to the experiences of women associated with the Beat Generation writers. Her memoir won a 1983 National Book Critics Circle Award.Other memoirs and anthologies have since been published by and about women of the Beat Generation.[1]

Johnson has published three novels: Come and Join the Dance (by Joyce Glassman) (Atheneum, 1962). Bad Connections (Putnam, 1978), and In the Night Cafe (Dutton, 1987). Come and Join the Dance has been recognized by scholars such as Ann Douglas, Nancy Grace and Ronna Johnson as the first Beat novel by a woman. She has also published a work of investigative journalism: What Lisa Knew: The Truths and Lies of the Steinberg Case (Putnam, 1989).

From 1983 through 1997, she taught writing at Columbia University's MFA program. She has also taught at the New School, the Breadloaf Writers Conference, the University of Vermont and New York University., and at the 92nd Street YMHA.

"The Children's Wing," the penultimate chapter of her novel In The Night Cafe (1989), was a first-prize O. Henry Award recipient. In 1992 she received an NEA grant.

The Johnson and Kerouac correspondence, collected in Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958 (2000) was followed by another memoir, Missing Men (2004). And in 2012, she published her biography of Kerouac The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac. Based on her research in the Kerouac Archive in the Berg Collection, it is the first biography to explore the far-reaching influence that Kerouac's Franco American background had upon his life and work. Johnson also carefully traces the development of Kerouac's unique first person voice from his earliest writings through late 1951, when a series of breakthroughs led to the writing of Visions of Cody, the book he considered his masterpiece. Though some critics have erroneously called this book a memoir, Johnson ends Kerouac's story six years before she met him, and makes only a few relevant references to the relationship they had from January 1957 through October 1958.



  1. ^ See Hettie Jones for example.

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Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:07:30 -0700

Joyce Johnson, a controller at the company, said the development is important to the community. "The hospice is a great service. I've used it twice, and they were so awesome. It's just such a wonderful resource," Johnson said. "We're happy to be a part ...
WFMY News 2
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:23:12 -0700

Ident-A-Kid director Joyce Johnson is talking with the districts right now about upgrading. "Technology has worked very closely with me. It would still probably take months even up to a year to get everybody," She said. The upgrade cost could be as ...
Quoddy Tides
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:03:45 -0700

Emotions ran high at the Pembroke town office on Friday, August 8, when over 70 residents and interested parties met with two representatives of Halcyon Tidal Power and the subsidiary Pennamaquan Tidal Power LLC and two representatives of the Federal ...
River Falls Journal
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:15:00 -0700

Alex is survived by his mother, Michelle (Dennis) Hahn; sister, Macey Johnson; brother, Jeremiah Johnson; stepbrother, Brandon (Dana) Duchow; paternal grandmother, Joyce Johnson; maternal grandparents, Mike (Sandy) Ley; aunts and uncles, Lonnie ...
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:25:33 -0700

He said when tourists come to Ocala they should not have to look at people wearing saggy pants. He said he would favor decriminalizing the ordinance, but would like it kept. Joyce Johnson presented a petition asking that the original ordinance be repealed.
The Banner-Graphic
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:52:30 -0700

... Garrett, Norv Gottula, Rod Garrett, Bob Hostetter, Jeff Rich, Bill Henson, Adeline Knoy, Vera Hughes, Eric Hayman, Wayne Sutherlin, Judy Whitaker, Dr. Keith Ernst, Don Walton, Jack Davis, Mona Smith, Joyce Johnson, Kerry Shepherd and Rosemary Davis.

Portland Tribune

Portland Tribune
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:03:45 -0700

For instance, legend goes that Jack Kerouac and his then live-in girlfriend Joyce Johnson went to a newsstand to read the New York Times review for “On the Road” shortly after midnight and took it to a bar to read. Shafer was outside watering his ...
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:57:17 -0700

Joyce Johnson and her husband Bret have only lived in the Tri-Cities for a few months. They have been dependent on both of their paychecks, but now that his aren't coming in they've hit some bad times. Just when they thought they'd have to sacrifice a ...

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