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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 United States
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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Greeneville Sun

Greeneville Sun
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:01:40 -0700

Joyce Johnson accepts the award from Greeneville Sun Co-Publisher Gregg Jones. The ATHENA Award is presented by the Sun and sponsored by Roberts Furniture. The announcement was the climax of the 2015 ATHENA Award Banquet at the General ...

Greeneville Sun

Greeneville Sun
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:03:03 -0700

There were 12 finalist for the honor: Angelia Forby-Manuel, Paige Mengel, Betty Fletcher, Sarah Webster, Debbie Oldenberg, Laura Pendleton, ATHENA recipient Joyce Johnson, Tammy Albright, Vicki Culbertson, Dr. Linda Stroud, Dr. Cindy Bowman and ...
The Register-Guard
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:18:45 -0700

Johnson — A. Joyce Johnson, 85, of Junction City, died July 1. Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield. Presley — Kimberly Dawn Presley, 41, of Veneta, died July 2. Arrangements by Alpha Cremation & Burial Service in ...


Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:37:30 -0700

... one brother, James Robert “Bob” (Joyce) Johnson, two nephews, William and Ian Johnson, O'Fallon, IL; and fourteen fantastic grandchildren: Connor Sosnoff, Emma Sosnoff, William Grayson Sosnoff, Joshua Sosnoff, Samuel William Braun, Maggie Braun, ...

Local 10

Local 10
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 20:02:17 -0700

Deputies Joyce Johnson and Dorothy Jenkins immediately follow her inside the room, which is not equipped with a video camera, and the door is closed. West is escorted out by Connelly and Johnson about 3 1/2 minutes later. West suffers the brunt of her ...

The Star

The Star
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:00:00 -0700

Amid the chaos and terror of Dunkirk, a young soldier bravely swam through murky waters to an allied boat, carrying a picture of his new bride in his pocket. Norman and Joyce Johnson have now been married for 75 years. Devoted Norman still has the ...


Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:03:45 -0700

Derby is survived by his wife, Pat; daughter, Sharon; brother, Donald G. (Barbara) Quam of Stoughton; sister-in-law, Marlene Johnson of Madison; brothers-in-law, Clarence-Gomer (Joyce) Johnson, Fred (Phyllis) Johnson and Bill Johnson all of Stoughton; ...


Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:00:00 -0700

... Britt, Amanda Corsino and Tyler and Chase Johnson; great-grandchildren, Isabella Johnson, Brandon and Lana Hovanitz, Raizo Corsino and Caiden Randolph and Jackie Pettry; sister, Rhea (John) Yardley; brother, James (Joyce) Johnson; uncle of many.

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