Biography

Joyce Johnson

Joyce Johnson

Books by Joyce Johnson

by Joyce Johnson - Biography, Nonfiction

Joyce Johnson peels away layers of the Kerouac legend to show how, caught between two cultures and two languages, he forged a voice to contain his dualities. Looking into how Kerouac’s French Canadian background enriched his prose and gave him a unique outsider’s vision of America, she  tracks his development from boyhood through the phenomenal breakthroughs of 1951 that resulted in the composition of ON THE ROAD.