Step Right Up: Stories Of Carnivals, Sideshows, And The Circus

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A one-of-a-kind anthology that captures the bizarre romance and mystery of the world's oldest and oddest traveling institution.

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An odd assortment of characters populate the fairgrounds and circus tents of this unique collection from circus legends such as P.T. Barnum and Otis Jordan the Frog Prince to a motley crew of ride monkeys and rubes. STEP RIGHT UP takes the reader everywhere from the concert halls of a pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg to the streets of Coney Island and offers everything from Fred Rosen's account of the scandalous demise of Grady 'Lobster Boy' Stiles, Jr. to imaginative fiction such as Katherine Dunn's GEEK LOVE, a tale about the enchantingly dysfunctional carny clan the Binewskis. Also featuring works by:
  • James Taylor
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Harry Crews
  • Mark Twain
  • Johnny Meah
  • Franz Kafka
  • Eudora Welty
  • Flannery O'Connor
  • ... and many more!
  • 'A splendid sampler of sideshow literature - the writers and their subjects often exhibit virtuosic skills worthy of your undivided attention.' -Ricky Jay

    Additional Information

    Author Nathaniel Knaebel
    Publisher Carroll & Graf
    Page Count 326pp
    Publication Size 6 x 9
    Publication Notes Softcover
    Publication Date 2004
    ISBN 978-0786713325

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