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Encyclopedia of Urban Legendsby Jan Harold Brunvand
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We all know those stories that are too bizarre to be true--roasted babies, vanishing hitchhikers, scuba divers in trees--but have you heard about the ice man or the bullet baby? This comprehensive and compellingly readable reference work will answer all your urban legend questions, offering alphabetical entries on every aspect of the subject, including descriptions of hundreds of individual legends and their variations, legend themes, and scholarly approaches to the genre. Other entries discuss the relationship of urban legends to literature, film, comic books, music, and many other areas of popular culture. A Editors' Choice 2001 Reference Book. "Unlike most encyclopedias, this one may be read cover to cover."-- "Compiled by the foremost authority on this form of contemporary folklore....Superb."--
The definitive word on the subject from the dean of urban legend studies.
This comprehensive and compellingly readable reference work answers all the urban legend questions, offering alphabetical entries on every aspect of the subject, including descriptions of individual legends and their variations, legend themes, and scholarly approaches to the genre.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 497-499) and index.
About the Author
Jan Harold Brunvand, author of The Vanishing Hitchhiker and other works, lives in Salt Lake City, where he is professor emeritus at the University of Utah.
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