Monday, April 18, 2005

Female Characters in Kerouac's Novels

Jack Kerouac wrote all of the women in his life into his books. There are several character keys online, none of which I can currently prove as accurate. I haven't read Kerouac's books in years(though it's on my list to read Ann Charters' introduction to the 1991 edition), but I thought it would be interesting for those who remember Kerouac's narratives to put the real names together with the fictional ones. There are others (Jack's mother, Alene Lee, the Cassady daughters, Neal Cassady's first wife, LuAnne Henderson), but these are the women whom I've referred to previously in the blog. This list is lifted from Empty Mirror Books, a Beat tribute site and seller of books and ephemera:

CAROLYN CASSADY (NEAL CASSADY'S SECOND WIFE)
On the Road - Camille
Visions of Cody - Evelyn

ELISE COWEN
Desolation Angels - Barbara Lipp

JOYCE GLASSMAN (JOHNSON)
Desolation Angels - Alyce Newman

JOAN HAVERTY (JACK KEROUAC'S SECOND WIFE)
On the Road - Laura

LENORE KANDEL
Big Sur - Romana Swartz

EDIE PARKER (JACK KEROUAC'S FIRST WIFE)
The Town and the City - Judie Smith
Visions of Cody - Elly
Vanity of Duluoz - Edna "Johnnie" Palmer

JOAN VOLLMER (WILLIAM BURROUGH'S SECOND? WIFE)
On the Road - Jane
The Subterraneans - Jane
The Town and the City - Mary Dennison
Vanity of Duluoz - June

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