People/Characters: Joan Vollmer

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The Herbert Huncke Reader by Herbert Huncke
Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs by Ted Morgan
Mania by Ronald K. L. Collins
Off the Road: My Years With Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg by Carolyn Cassady
The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico by Jorge García-Robles
William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible by Barry Miles
William S. Burroughs: A Life by Barry Miles

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Joan Vollmer (February 4, 1923 – September 6, 1951) was the most prominent female member of the early Beat Generation circle. While a student at Barnard College, she became the roommate of Edie Parker (later married to Jack Kerouac). Their apartment became a gathering place for the Beats during the 1940s, where Vollmer was often at the center of marathon, all night discussions. In 1946, she began a relationship with William S. Burroughs, later becoming his common-law wife. In 1951, Burroughs killed Vollmer by shooting her in the head in what was apparently a drunken attempt at playing William Tell.


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