[Item #4179] Nobody's Wife: The Smart Aleck and The King of the Beats. Joan Haverty Kerouac, Jack Kerouac.
Nobody's Wife: The Smart Aleck and The King of the Beats
Nobody's Wife: The Smart Aleck and The King of the Beats

Nobody's Wife: The Smart Aleck and The King of the Beats

ISBN: 0887393683
Berkeley, CA: Creative Arts Book Company, 2000. First Edition. Softcover. "It was 1950. Strikingly beautiful (nineteen)-year-old Joan Haverty had arrived in New York City and was working as a seamstress. During a deteriorating attempt to reconcile with her lover, fate intervened when Joan heard a stranger's voice calling up to her loft from the street below- it was Jack Kerouac, needing the door unlocked so he could get to a party. Thus began Joan's stormy romance with and brief marriage to the leather-jacketed archangel of the Beat Generation. She bore his tirades, his passion, his troubled poetic genius, and also bore his child while Kerouac was writing his great signature novel On the Road." (from back cover) The posthumously published memoir by Joan Haverty Kerouac (1931-1990), whose brief marriage to Beat Generation Founding Father Jack Kerouac during 1950-1951 produced their only child, Janet (Jan), who was not yet born when Kerouac fled from being a husband or father. The circumstances of Joan's involvement with Kerouac & Bill Cannastra before him are the stuff of early Beat legend, fictionalized by Allen Ginsberg, John Clellon Holmes & Kerouac himself. Here we get the story from Joan's perspective- the abandoned female martyr left with the bag off the road, so to speak, a dark-side-of-the-Beats archetype similar to Carolyn Cassady. With an introduction by Jan Kerouac, & a preface by the great Ann Charters, foremost Kerouac authority. Trade-format softcover original, first edition. An important, collectible contribution of light-shedding truth behind the sometimes sensationalized or romanticized legacy of Kerouac & the Beat Generation. In very fine condition with only very slight rubbing to front, back covers & spine; a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; previous seller's small barcode-price sticker affixed to lower right area of back cover, obscuring a small amount of text. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #4179]

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