Minor Characters. Joyce Johnson.
Minor Characters

Minor Characters

ISBN: 0671496816
New York, NY: Washington Square Press, 1984. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "Joyce Johnson grew up bright and sensitive in Manhattan in the '50s of the cold war and gray flannel suits. "Attracted to decadence," with "little respect for respectability," she had a boundless- and dangerous- belief in the power of love. For two years, more or less, on and off, she was the girlfriend of Jack Kerouac, during the time that On the Road established him as the guiding light and the spokesman of the Beat Generation. Those years were "an exciting period of my life, a time of enormous hope and energy and the feeling that anything was possible...that four people sitting around a table could change the world." this book is the story of her coming of age." (back cover) Subtitled "The Romantic Odyssey of a Woman in the Beat Generation" (in this edition), this is the now-classic memoir by Joyce Johnson of her experiences with & impressions of Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg & all the major founding figures of the Beat Generation in NYC just when it burst into notoriety. Originally published in hardcover the previous year (1983), this is the first softcover edition, first printing as stated & per number sequence on copyright page, published by Washington Square Press (Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster) during January 1984. With a lovely, signed but uncredited illustration of Johnson on front cover unique to this edition. An affordable but collectible version of this very important eyewitness memoir of the Beat Generation. In fine condition with slight rubbing, scratching, light creasing & browning of front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few small creases, tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; mild browning, rubbing & scratching to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only inevitable but mild browning mostly to blank margins & edges of pulp-quality page leaves; tiny bumps at corners of a few of same. Fine. [Item #3419]

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