Come and Join the Dance. Joyce Glassman, Joyce Johnson.
Come and Join the Dance
Come and Join the Dance
Come and Join the Dance
Come and Join the Dance

Come and Join the Dance

New York, NY: Atheneum, 1962. First Edition. Hardcover. "At twenty-six Joyce Glassman has written a strong, mature novel. In Miss Glassman's own words, "This is a novel about a young girl in the process of becoming a human being. Susan wants to break through a wall of glass she feels shutting herself off from others. She wants to feel, to experience, to stop being an onlooker." The action in Come and Join the Dance occurs during the week between Susan's last examination and her graduation from college, a week of suspension between the last days of a prolonged childhood and the unknown terrifying future...she becomes closely involved with three young people who seem to her to be living in the "real" world because they have chosen to be what she terms "outlaws."...Despite her fear of the world, she wants to go out into it and become part of it." (from front flap) The first published novel by Joyce Glassman, known by Third Minds as Joyce Johnson (her later married name). Glassman met Jack Kerouac & became involved with him at the beginning of 1957, & witnessed his sudden catapulting to notoriety with the publication of On the Road later that year. The story of her front seat participation in the Beat Generation with Kerouac & Co. is recounted in her now-classic memoir Minor Characters & Door Wide Open, the collection of their letters (see esp. our item No.s 4171 & 4204). This novel was gestating & in search of a publisher at the time of Glassman's relationship with Kerouac, & we can be certain that aspects of its plot & characters were influenced by her Beat journey by the time it was first published during 1962. Here we offer the very first edition as stated on copyright page, hardcover in unclipped dust jacket. The first, & rarest Glassman/ Johnson collectible in this original form; an essential, barely fictionalized testament by one of the few females in the immediate orbit of the Beat Generation. Book in very fine condition with only very slight rubbing, fading & faint scratching to front, back boards & cloth spine; a bit of wear at edges & corners of same; very light rubbing to edges of text block with only slightest fading & faint scratching to red-dyed upper edge of same. Interior very fine with small, neat signature of former owner just below upper right edge of blank, light brown-colored front endpaper; very slight loss of surface paper with retention of color at small area just below signature; several short, faint creases at/ near lower outer corner of same leaf; every other leaf, paste-downs & endpaper substantially mint. Unrestored dust jacket good-to-near-fine with moderate rubbing, scratching, creasing & very light browning to front, back covers, spine & flaps; moderate wear, creasing & mostly closed, short tears at edges & corners of same; mild-to-moderate browning to blank inner surfaces. Very Fine / Good- Near Fine. [Item #4344]

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