Minor Characters: A Young Womans Coming of Age in the Beat Generation Joyce Johnson

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Minor Characters: A Young Womans Coming of Age in the Beat Generation  by  Joyce Johnson

Minor Characters: A Young Womans Coming of Age in the Beat Generation by Joyce Johnson
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Johnsons Beat memoir is the safe-deposit box that contains the last, precious scrolls of the New York 50s (The Washington Post).Jack Kerouac. Allen Ginsberg. William S. Burroughs. LeRoi Jones.MoreWinner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Johnsons Beat memoir is the safe-deposit box that contains the last, precious scrolls of the New York 50s (The Washington Post).Jack Kerouac. Allen Ginsberg. William S. Burroughs. LeRoi Jones. Theirs are the names primarily associated with the Beat Generation.

But what about Joyce Johnson (nee Glassman), Edie Parker, Elise Cowen, Diane Di Prima, and dozens of others? These female friends and lovers of the famous iconoclasts are now beginning to be recognized for their own roles in forging the Beat movement and for their daring attempts to live as freely as did the men in their circle a decade before Womens Liberation.Twenty-one-year-old Joyce Johnson, an aspiring novelist and a secretary at a New York literary agency, fell in love with Jack Kerouac on a blind date arranged by Allen Ginsberg nine months before the publication of On the Road made Kerouac an instant celebrity.

While Kerouac traveled to Tangiers, San Francisco, and Mexico City, Johnson roamed the streets of the East Village, where she found herself in the midst of the cultural revolution the Beats had created. Minor Characters portrays the turbulent years of her relationship with Kerouac with extraordinary wit and love and a cool, critical eye, introducing the reader to a lesser known but purely original American voice: her own.Rich and beautifully written, full of vivid portraits and evocations.

--San Francisco Chronicle--A first-rate memoir, very beautiful, very sad. --E. L. DoctorowRealistic rather than flamboyant, [Johnson] succeeds in portraying the Beats not as oddities or celebrities but as individuals. --The New Yorker



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