Door Wide Open
Door Wide Open
A Beat Love Affair in Letters 1957-1958

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.

Title Door Wide Open
Subtitle A Beat Love Affair in Letters 1957-1958
Authors Joyce Johnson, Jack Kerouac
Publisher Penguin Books
Title First Published 01 June 2001
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 208 p.
ISBN-10 0141001879
ISBN-13 9780141001876
Publication Date 01 June 2001
Main content page count 208
Weight 16 oz.

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