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Joyce Johnson (born 1935) is an American author of fiction and nonfiction who won a National Book Critics Circle Award for her memoir Minor Characters about her relationship with Jack Kerouac.

Born Joyce Glassman to a Jewish family in Queens, New York, Joyce was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, just around the corner from the apartment of William S. Burroughs and Joan Vollmer Adams Burroughs. Allen Ginsberg and Kerouac were frequent visitors to Burroughs' apartment.

At the age of 13, Joyce rebelled against her controlling parents and began hanging out in Washington Square. She matriculated at Barnard College at 16, failing her graduation by one class. It was at Barnard that she became friends with Elise Cowen (briefly Allen Ginsberg's lover) who introduced her to the Beat circle. Ginsberg arranged for Glassman and Kerouac to meet on a blind date.

Johnson's fiction and articles have appeared in Harper's, Harper's Bazaar, New York, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and the Washington Post. She has written several novels, including Come and Join the Dance (1961) and Bad Connections (1978).In Minor Characters (Houghton Mifflin, 1983) she looked back at the years 1957 and 1958, the time when Kerouac rose from obscurity to fame with the publication of On the Road. Johnson brought attention to the experiences of women associated with the Beat Generation writers. Other memoirs and anthologies have since been published by and about women of the Beat Generation.

Since 1983 she has taught writing, primarily at Columbia University's MFA program, but also at the Breadloaf Writers Conference, the University of Vermont and New York University. "The Children's Wing," the penultimate chapter of her novel In The Night Cafe (1989), was a first-prize O. Henry Award recipient. In 1992 she received an NEA grant.

The Johnson and Kerouac correspondence, collected in A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958 (2000) was followed by another memoir, Missing Men (2004).

Joyce was married briefly to abstract painter James Johnson, who was killed in a motorcycle accident. From her second marriage to painter Peter Pinchbeck, which ended in divorce, came her son, Daniel Pinchbeck, also an author and co-founder of Open City literary magazine.


  • Come and Join the Dance (1962) (as Joyce Glassman)
  • Bad Connections (1978) (ISBN 0-39-912122-6)
  • Minor Characters (1983) (ISBN 0-39-532513-7)
  • In the Night Café (1989) (ISBN 0-00-223340-1)
  • A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958 (1957-1958; published 2002) (ISBN 0-67-089040-5)
  • A Memoir (2004) (ISBN 0-67-003310-3)

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Total Books: 72
I Am Rock Steady Fighting Back Against Parkinson's Disease
2016 - I Am Rock Steady Fighting Back Against Parkinson's Disease (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781457548901
ISBN-10: 1457548909
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting

The Voice Is All The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac
2013 - The Voice Is All the Lonely VIctory of Jack Kerouac (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780143123965
ISBN-10: 0143123963
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

The Voice Is All
2012 - The Voice Is All (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781467631211
ISBN-10: 1467631213
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Minor Characters
2011 - Minor Characters (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780413777157
ISBN-10: 0413777154
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Maternal-Newborn Nursing DeMYSTiFieD A Self-Teaching Guide
2010 - Maternal-newborn Nursing Demystified a Self-teaching Guide [Demystified Nursing] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780071609142
ISBN-10: 0071609148
Genre: Medical Books

Pediatric Nursing Demystified
2009 - Pediatric Nursing Demystified [Demystified Nursing] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780071609159
ISBN-10: 0071609156
Genres: Medicine, Medical Books

Happy Today and Sad Tomorrow
2009 - Happy Today and Sad Tomorrow [Life Like a Roller Coaster] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781434992185
ISBN-10: 1434992187

Twisted Tapestries
2008 - Twisted Tapestries [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781847823397
ISBN-10: 1847823394

Bessie Head The Road of Peace of Mind a Critical Appreciation
2008 - Bessie Head the Road of Peace of Mind a Critical Appreciation (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780874130096
ISBN-10: 0874130093
Genre: Nonfiction

Forever In My Heart
2007 - Forever in My Heart [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781846179877
ISBN-10: 1846179874

Our Dog Was Our Teacher An Interactive Book Designed to Aid Grieving and Healing
2006 - Deception [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781846172182
ISBN-10: 1846172187

Missing Men  A Memoir
2005 - Missing Men a Memoir (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780143035237
ISBN-10: 0143035231
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 1.5/5 Stars.

Dangerous Journey
2005 - Dangerous Journey [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781843957003
ISBN-10: 1843957000

For Love of an Island
2004 - For Love of an Island [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781843953081
ISBN-10: 1843953080
Genre: Romance
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

Missing Men A Memoir
2004 - Missing Men a Memoir (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780670033102
ISBN-10: 0670033103
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Door Wide Open A Beat Love Affair in Letters 1957-1958
2001 - Door Wide Open a Beat Love Affair in Letters 1957-1958 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780141001876
ISBN-10: 0141001879
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.

Open City 8 Beautiful to Strangers
2000 - Open City 8 Beautiful to Strangers [Open City] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781890447199
ISBN-10: 1890447196
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Dark Secret
2000 - Dark Secret [Linford Romance - Large Print] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780708957301
ISBN-10: 0708957307
Genre: Romance

Door Wide Open
2000 - Door Wide Open (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780670890408
ISBN-10: 0670890405
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Minor Characters  A Beat Memoir
1999 - Minor Characters a Beat Memoir (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780140283570
ISBN-10: 0140283579
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

1994 - Rough Magic [Rainbow Romance] (Hardcover)Paperback
Heritage of Love [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Lost Heart [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Bitter Inheritance [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Hostages of Fate [Linford Romance Library Large Print] (Paperback)
Sweet Legacy [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Journey Into Danger [Linford Romance] (Paperback)
To Win Her Love [Linford Romance] (Paperback)
Summer Dream [Linford Romance] (Paperback)
Loving Pioneers [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Dangerous Legacy [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
In the Limelight [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Love on the Moor [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Dark Shadows [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Love and War [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)Paperback
Hidden Memories [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Love's Lost Treasure [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Suspicious Heart [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Eden in Paradise [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Sweet Challenge [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
All to Lose [Lindford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Cuckoo in the Nest [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Romantic Legacy [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)
Love's Quest [Linford Romance Library] (Paperback)