Tracking an Author: Joyce Johnson

In her book called The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac, Johnson does not focus on their relationship that occurred around the time On the Road was published, but dives into his background, paying a lot of attention to the fact that his is a French Canadian background. There are a great deal of biographies about Kerouac, but Johnson’s is the only one with so much focus on this fact, and only she had gained access to his large archive that has been kept in the New York Public Library since 2002. Johnson was not granted permission to quote the archives, so it is all paraphrased in The Voice Is All. And even though she writes at length about the value and brilliance of the works she had found, she does not include any examples of them. Johnson seems to be very reserved when it comes to Kerouac’s work, and the work of others like him.

The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac was published by Penguin Books in 2012.

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