Synopses & Reviews
"Door Wide Open" is a moving collection of love letters between two major figures of the Beat generation. Reflecting upon these tumultuous years, Johnson seamlessly interweaves letters and commentary, making the story of her affair with Kerouac as compelling as an epistolary novel.
About the Author
Joyce Johnson is the author of three novels, including The Night Café
. Her other books include Minor Characters
, which was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957–1958
Jack Kerouac(1922-1969), the central figure of the Beat Generation, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922 and died in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969. Among his many novels are On the Road, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, and Visions of Cody.