Tracking a Writer: Joyce Johnson

Johnson’s first novel, published under her maiden name (Glassman), is called Come and Join the Dance. It was published in 1962 by Antheneum. Johnson is the first woman novelist of the Beat Generation, and this is her debut. She began and nearly finished writing this novel before she met Kerouac, for those who give him most of her credit. In Come and Join the Dance, Johnson gives her character, a young woman who is about to graduate from college, the freedom to discover herself without urgency or risk of alienation. This is considered a feminist move, and it definitely displays the liberating ideas of the Beat Generation.

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