An Interview with Jack Kerouac’s Biographer
“We were friends who were lovers. That’s probably why our relationship lasted so long.”
Joyce Glassman Johnson, a distinguished author, was a young aspiring novelist in 1957 when she met Jack Kerouac through a Barnard classmate, Elise Cowan, an aspiring poet. Elise was in love with the beat poet Allen Ginsberg, who knew that Kerouac, then 34, had just returned to Manhattan and needed a place to stay. Ginsberg introduced him to Joyce, who had an extra room in her apartment and, after reading Kerouac’s first novel, was eager to meet him.