Encyclopedia of Urban Legends

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ABC-CLIO, Jan 1, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 525 pages
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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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User Review  - Bcushman - LibraryThing

A great reference for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of urban legends. Well-organized, a little repetitive at times but otherwise a fun read. Full of all the stories you know and love and a few that you may never have heard of. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeffreyd77 - Goodreads

Very fun. But the tale of Bloody Mary isn't an urban legend - it totally happened to a friend of a friend of mine. Read full review


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About the author (2001)

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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