Door Wide Open
A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958
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Door Wide Open by Jack Kerouac
Book DescriptionOn a blind date in Greenwich Village set up by Allen Ginsberg, Joyce Johnson (then Joyce Glassman) met Jack Kerouac in January 1957, nine months before he became famous overnight with the publication of On the Road. She was an adventurous, independent-minded twenty-one-year-old; Kerouac was already running on empty at thirty-five. This unique book, containing the many letters the two of them wrote to each other, reveals a surprisingly tender side of Kerouac. It also shares the vivid and unusual perspective of what it meant to be young, Beat, and a woman in the Cold War fifties. Reflecting on those tumultuous years, Johnson seamlessly interweaves letters and commentary, bringing to life her love affair with one of American letters' most fascinating and enigmatic figures.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780141001876
(197mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Imprint: The Penguin Press
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.Joyce Johnson is the author of three novels, including The Night CafE. 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.Joyce Johnson is the author of three novels, including The Night CafE. 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.Joyce Johnson is the author of three novels, including The Night CafE. 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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