Encyclopedia of Urban Legends

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9781576070765: Encyclopedia of Urban Legends

This exhaustive and compellingly readable reference work offers 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.


· A–Z entries provide a summary of each legend and its background

· An introduction defines "urban legend" and sketches the history of urban legend studies

· The book is richly illustrated with artwork by Randy Hickman

· Brief bibliographies follow each entry, and a selected bibliography provides suggestions for further reading and research

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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? Do you know the urban legends from Holland, Scotland, France, or Australia?

About the Author:

Jan Harold Brunvand is professor emeritus of English at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT and is the world's foremost authority on urban legends.

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