Step Right Up Stories of Carnivals Sideshows and the Circus Everyone loves a carnival whether it s the Big Top or a traveling midway kicking up dust These roving extravaganzas are as amusing as they are mysterious and as innocent as they are sordid Step Right

  • Title: Step Right Up: Stories of Carnivals, Sideshows, and the Circus
  • Author: Nathaniel Knaebel
  • ISBN: 9780786713325
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • Everyone loves a carnival, whether it s the Big Top or a traveling midway kicking up dust These roving extravaganzas are as amusing as they are mysterious and as innocent as they are sordid Step Right Up is a one of a kind anthology that collects the finest literature and the most absorbing first person accounts about carnivals, sideshows, and the circus, capturing all oEveryone loves a carnival, whether it s the Big Top or a traveling midway kicking up dust These roving extravaganzas are as amusing as they are mysterious and as innocent as they are sordid Step Right Up is a one of a kind anthology that collects the finest literature and the most absorbing first person accounts about carnivals, sideshows, and the circus, capturing all of the spectacle and sensation of this unusual and treasured tradition A colorful assortment of characters populate the fairgrounds and circus tents of this unique collection from circus legends like 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 a small village in Romania 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 like Michael Chabon s macabre take on the origin of clowns The bizarre romance and mystery of the world s oldest and oddest traveling institution come to life in selections from Katherine Dunn, Kevin Baker, Jim Tully, Flannery O Connor, Lee Durkee, Robert Hough, Michael Chabon, Fred Rosen, Susan Dickinson, Joseph Michell, Edora Welty, and Ellen Hunnicut.

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    One thought on “Step Right Up: Stories of Carnivals, Sideshows, and the Circus”

    1. An interesting collection of stories, both nonfiction and fiction, of life among the carnies and circus folk, sideshows and trailers. I somewhat wished the stories, some written by well-known authors, landed more on the side of nonfiction. many of the characters, real or made up, were fascinating. I grew up not too far from Gibsonton, the winter residence of many carnival folk, and one of the owners of a carnival lived not far from me. My Dad often had to patrol there and often told tales of peo [...]

    2. I was looking to do some research into carnivals for an upcoming project when i stumbled upon this unusual completation of writings. it's truly unique containing fiction, non-fiction, crime writing, poetry, even PT Barnum's obit from tne New York Times circa 1891. the fiction writers run the gamit from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Conner to Franz Kafka and back. Non-fiction contributors are as ecclectic ranging from Joseph Mitchell to Fred Rosen. Since it was such a broad mix I naturally liked some [...]

    3. This book has joined my growing list of titles about carnivals and sideshows, a minor obession that started when I got completely hooked on HBO's amazing 2 season series "Carnivale." I think many of us are fascinated by the alternate world of the carnival and the weirdly counter-intuitive kinds of "families" that formed among these travelers. Although there aren't really any genuine carnivals left anymore, those that operated in the 1930's were inhabited by America's very own kind of gothic gyps [...]

    4. This was an interesting collection of short stories, essays, and other about circuses and carnivals. There was a bit more of a focus on carnivals, especially freak shows, than on the circus proper. I enjoyed the nonfiction pieces best, even though they did focus on the freaks rather than the performers. One memorable piece was about Lobster Boy, a man with hands genetically fused into "claws" and how he got away with murder. I enjoyed that most of the pieces were of a darker nature (especially t [...]

    5. Didn't actually finish reading this book, but I'm saving it for later, because it turned out to be more in the fiction department, which doesn't fit my thesis. What I read, I liked; the excerpts from different books about circus seemed interesting. It's a shame I don't have time to read it all the way through at the moment. Maybe some day.

    6. A fun book to read, especially for people who like reading books about the circus. An anthology of stories "behind the scenes" at carnivals and circuses, collected from various sources. Includes a short bio of the late, great P.T. Barnum and his rise to fame. A pleasant diversion!

    7. I picked this up as research for a carnival themed board game I'm designing. Many of the stories and essays were quite useful, but I wound up skipping a great deal of the back half of the book as the entries were only tangentially about carnivals.

    8. A pretty uneven compilation of essays and short stories. A disappointment, really. Some of the pieces were poorly written or just not very interesting. I don't recommend it.

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