Nightmare Alley

byWilliam Lindsay GreshamIntroduction byNick Tosches

April 6, 2010|
Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham
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One of the twentieth century's most darkly beautiful works of crime fiction—a story of carny life, spiritualism, and a con man of merciless resolve.

Nightmare Alley
begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd’s gleeful disgust and derision—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There’s no way in hell, he vows, that anything like that will ever happen to him.

And since Stan is clever and ambitious and not without a useful streak of ruthlessness, soon enough he’s going places. Onstage he plays the mentalist with a cute bimbo (before long his harried wife), then he graduates to full-blown spiritualist, catering to the needs of the rich and gullible in their well-upholstered homes. It looks like the world is Stan’s for the taking. At least for now.

William Lindsay Gresham was born in Baltimore on August 20, 1909. His family moved briefly to Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1916, then to New York City, where he graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn in 1926. Gresham’s was a tortured mind and a tormented life, and he sought to banish his demons through a maze of dead-e...
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Title:Nightmare AlleyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8 X 5.14 X 0.75 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 8 X 5.14 X 0.75 inPublished:April 6, 2010Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1590173481

ISBN - 13:9781590173480

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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