Edie Parker

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Edie Kerouac-Parker (1922–1993) was the author of the memoir You'll Be Okay, about her life with her first husband, Jack Kerouac, and the early days of the Beat Generation. While a student at Barnard College, she and Joan Vollmer shared an apartment on 118th Street in New York City, frequented by many Beats, among them Vollmer's eventual husband William S. Burroughs.[1]

Parker was a native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She and Kerouac married in 1944. At the time, he was in jail as an accessory after the fact in Lucien Carr's murder of David Kammerer. This event expedited their intention to marry so that Edie could access an inheritance from her grandfather's then unprobated estate to post Kerouac's bail. The marriage was annulled in 1948.

She appears as Judie Smith in Kerouac's novel The Town and the City, and was played by actress Elizabeth Olsen in the film Kill Your Darlings.


  1. ^ Knight, Brenda (1998). Women of the Beat generation: the writers, artists, and muses at the heart of revolution. Conari. pp. 76–86. ISBN 978-1-57324-138-0.