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Johnson is best known as the girlfriend of Jack Kerouac. I went looking on line for a bio of Joyce, and found nothing except mentions of her in bios of Jack.
This is from the BOOKS & WRITERS bio of Kerouac:
From the BOOKS & WRITERS bio of Jack Kerouac:
== In 1957, nine months before becoming famous with the publication of On the Road, he had an affair with Joyce Johnson (Glassman), who wrote about their relationship in Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958 (2000). She was twenty-one. On the night of their first blind date in January 1957, Kerouac couldn't even afford to buy her a cup of coffee. "He told me how he'd promised his father that someday he'd buy his mother a houseómaybe he'd really be able to do that eventually. He also hoped critics would admire his breakthrough into spontaneous, unfettered prose." (from Door Wide Open) As a writer Johnson did not gain such fame as the young men of the beat generation, proving perhaps with her fate the masculine character of the movement. "It's funny the way you and Allen and Peter came to town this winter and shook us all up," she notes in a letter. ==
Joyce's daughter reviewed Door Wide Open (letters between Jack and Joyce) and wrote a bit about her mother. Read that at:
Joyce was interviewed by Terry Gross on FRESH AIR (NPR), and that interview is included in an audiobook called "Writers speak: Terry Gross interviews 13 acclaimed writers."