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The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings

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ISBN13: 9780393951691
ISBN10: 0393951693
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The noted folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand has written the first book about one of the most common forms of contemporary folkloreùthe urban legend. All of the major legends are fully discussed, from teenage horror stories like "The Hook" and "The Boyfriend's Death" to spoofs of adult foibles like "The Solid Cement Cadillac" and "The Nude Surprise Party."

Each of the eight chapters is followed by an extensive bibliography. To aid the beginning folklore student, the author also provides a glossary of terms in urban legend study and an appendix of detailed suggestions on how to collect and analyze legend texts.

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The book that launched America's urban legend obsession!

Synopsis:

The book that launched America's urban legend obsession! THE VANISHING HITCHHIKER was Professor Brunvand's first popular book on urban legends, and it remains a classic. The culmination of twenty years of collection and research, this book is a must-have for urban legend lovers.

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was Professor Brunvand's first popular book on urban legends, and it remains a classic. The culmination of twenty years of collection and research, this book is a must-have for urban legend lovers.

About the Author

Jan Harold Brunvandlives in Salt Lake City, where he is professor emeritus at the University of Utah.

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Erin Sandvold, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by Erin Sandvold)
This book is a little older, but it has really great information. It was really interesting reading legends I've heard my whole life from the academic standpoint. Funny to think that some of them were adapted from similar stories dating all the way to the turn of the century... 1900 not 2000.
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crowyhead, October 29, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a classic study of urban legends and modern folklore, and basically is the book that brought the term "urban legend" into the mainstream. It wasn't quite as in-depth as I remembered it being, possibly because I've read many more such books since I first read it back in highschool. Still, I'm glad to have re-read it, and I'm pleased that I now own my own copy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393951691
Author:
Brunvand, Jan Harold
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Brunvand, Jan Harold
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Folk-lore, american
Subject:
Urban folklore
Subject:
Legends, american
Subject:
Legends -- United States -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Urban folklore -- United States.
Subject:
Legends -- United States.
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
8595
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.30x5.66x.54 in. .45 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The book that launched America's urban legend obsession!
"Synopsis" by , The book that launched America's urban legend obsession! THE VANISHING HITCHHIKER was Professor Brunvand's first popular book on urban legends, and it remains a classic. The culmination of twenty years of collection and research, this book is a must-have for urban legend lovers.
"Synopsis" by , was Professor Brunvand's first popular book on urban legends, and it remains a classic. The culmination of twenty years of collection and research, this book is a must-have for urban legend lovers.
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