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A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion

Louis Parascandola and John Parascandola


This anthology focuses on the unique history and experience of Coney Island, a beloved fixture of the New York City landscape. It features a gallery of portraits by the world's finest poets, essayists, and fiction writers. These include 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. Moody, mystical and enchanting, Coney Island has thrilled newcomers and soothed native New Yorkers for decades. As complex as the city of which it is a part, it is famous for it ... More

Keywords: urban decay, Coney Island, New York City, portraits, fantasy entertainment, resort

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231165730
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165730.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louis Parascandola, author
Long Island University

John Parascandola, editor

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Coney Island

Charles Dawson Shanly

To Coney Island

William Henry Bishop

Coney Island

José Martí Translated by Esther Allen

Coney Island

Julian Ralph

Marvelous Coney Island

Guy Wetmore Carryl

Human need of Coney Island

Richard Le Gallienne


Maxim Gorky

Amusing the Million

Frederic Thompson

The Way of the Girl

Belle Lindner Israels

Why is Coney?

Reginald Wright Kauffman

Coney Island

Sara Teasdale


Kevin Baker


Robert Olen Butler

New Cosmopolis

James Huneker


Giuseppe Cautela

Coney Island

E. E. Cummings

Into the Night Life

Henry Miller

Now and Then

Joseph Heller


Amram Ducovny

Stranger at Coney Island

Kenneth Fearing

A Coney Island of the Mind

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The Warriors

Sol Yurick

Coney Island in November

Josephine W. Johnson

My Son the Murderer

Bernard Malamud

Kwan’s Coney Island

Edward Hoagland

Coney Island 1969

Edwin Torres

Coney Island

Colson Whitehead

City Planning Begins Public Review on Rezoning of Coney Island

New York City Department of City Planning

A Coney Island of the Mind

Maureen F. McHugh