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Coney Island Reader

Parascandola, Louis J., Parascandola, John

Published by Columbia University Press
ISBN 10: 0231165722 / ISBN 13: 9780231165723
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Title: Coney Island Reader

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Binding: Hardcover

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Editor(s): Parascandola, Louis J.; Parascandola, John. Num Pages: 360 pages, 25 black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: 1KBBEY; HBJK; HBTB. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 216 x 178 x 25. Weight in Grams: 454. . 2014. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780231165723

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Featuring a stunning gallery of portraits by the world's finest poets, essayists, and fiction writers -- including Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, José Martí, Maxim Gorky, Federico García Lorca, Isaac Bashevis Singer, E. E. Cummings, Djuna Barnes, Colson Whitehead, Robert Olen Butler, and Katie Roiphe -- this anthology is the first to focus on the unique history and transporting experience of a beloved fixture of the New York City landscape.

Moody, mystical, and enchanting, Coney Island has thrilled newcomers and soothed native New Yorkers for decades. With its fantasy entertainments, renowned beach foods, world-class boardwalk, and expansive beach, it provides a welcome respite from the city's dense neighborhoods, unrelenting traffic, and somber grid. Coney Island has long offered a kaleidoscopic panorama of people, places, and events, creating, as Lawrence Ferlinghetti once wrote, "a Coney Island of the mind." This anthology captures the highs and lows of that sensation, with works that imagine Coney Island as a restful resort, a playground for the masses, and a symbol of America's democratic spirit, as well as a Sodom by the sea, a garish display of capitalist excess, and a paradigm of urban decay. As complex as the city of which it is a part, Coney Island engenders limitless perspectives, a composite inspiring everyone who encounters it to sing its electric song.

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Essays, poems, and stories that convey the singular sensation of an iconic New York City landmark.

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