Delmore Schwartz was 21 when he wrote the title story in this collection. When it was published in Partisan Review in 1937 he became the voice of a new generation of young Americans. Thirty years later, at the age of 53, he died in a flop-house on Broadway after years in and out of Belleview. Saul Bellow fictionalised his relationship with him in the novel Humboldt's Gift. The title story is, simply, one of the masterpieces of American literature, an account of a young man who dreams that enters a cinema and watches the courtship of his parents on Coney Island in 1909. The shocking immediacy of his narrative style is still fresh, 60 years later.
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