A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion

November 28, 2020
A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion

This literary anthology celebrates the history andromance of Coney Island with works by some of the 19th and 20thcenturies' greatest authors and poets.Featuring a stunning gallery of portraits by the world's finestpoets, essayists, and fiction writers—including Walt Whitman,Stephen Crane, José Martí, Maxim Gorky, Federico García Lorca,Isaac Bashevis Singer, E. E. Cummings, Djuna Barnes, ColsonWhitehead, Robert Olen Butler, and Katie Roiphe—this anthologyilluminates the unique history and transporting experience of NewYork City's quintessential beach destination.Moody, mystical, and enchanting, Coney Island has thrillednewcomers and soothed native New Yorkers for decades. Its fantasyentertainments, renowned beach foods, world-class boardwalk, andexpansive beach offer a kaleidoscopic panorama of people, places,and events that have inspired writers of all types andnationalities. It becomes, as Lawrence Ferlinghetti once wrote, "aConey Island of the mind."