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Educated at Oxford, and became leading figure in left-wing literary movement of 1930s. Younger brother of jazz record producer George Avakian and colleague of Kerouac's at Horace Mann School, 1939-40, where they jointly reviewed jazz records for the school magazine.
Went on to study at Yale University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.
Married Columbia law student Henry Keeler in January 1940, but this was annulled in August 1941, and the following year Joan married Paul Adams, another Columbia law student.
Joan studied journalism at Columbia and was a roommate of Edie Parker in New York, from 1943.
Virginia returned to New York and worked as a guitar-playing folksinger in Greenwich Village as Ginny Mayhew, using her mother's maiden name.
Studied the Japanese martial art Aikido in 1961 and became the director of the New York Aikikai 1963-64, although often taking side jobs as a belly dancer at a Greek night club to help pay the rent. Twice married: to Charles Morisette, 1937, and Paul Blake, 1945. Lived in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Orlando, Florida with her second husband and son, where Jack and his mother frequently visited.
After Louis' death in 1911, she remarried to Peter Adamakis in 1917 and moved to Brooklyn, New York, where Jack lived with her while attending Horace Mann School, 1939-40.
A Barnard graduate from Albany, NY, where her father managed the Gevaert film plant.
During World War II he trained as an OSS member in Washington, but lost a hand in a grenade accident while instructing new recruits. Toward the end of his life he was poet James Schuyler's lover, and features in the latter's poem "Dining Out with Doug and Frank" as "A dark Finn who looked not unlike a butch version of Valentino." Died of leukemia and is buried in Long Island National Cemetery.
Author of Free Beer: Kicks & Truth with Jack Kerouac & Other Strong Drinks (2006).
Now lives in the Catskill Mountains, New York State. Auden's lectures on Shakespeare at the New School, 1946, becoming his secretary the following year.
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) (RC) Son of a doctor, brought up in Birmingham, England. Met Kerouac and friends through his secretary, Alan Ansen, in 1940s.
At Columbia he was president of the Philolexian Society.