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Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters 1957-1958
by Joyce Johnson ; Jack Kerouac
Binding: Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Weight: 0.38 pound
Dimension: H: 0.62 x L: 7.74 x W: 5.07 inches
ISBN 10: 0141001879
ISBN 13: 9780141001876
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On 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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