Tracking an Author: Joyce Johnson

In Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958, Johnson reveals the letters written between her and Jack Kerouac during their short relationship that began nine months before On the Road was published, and Kerouac became instantly famous. They were two very different people, Johnson being young and determined, and Kerouac nearly burnt out, who were set up on a blind date by Allen Ginsburg. The book fascinates people because it shows a kind and soft side of Kerouac that most were not aware of. She pairs the letters with commentary about being a young woman during the Cold War fifties and her affair with one of America’s most interesting writers.

Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958 was published in 2000 by Penguin Books

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