The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings

Front Cover
W. W. Norton & Company, 1981 - Fiction - 208 pages
6 Reviews
The noted folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand has written a first book about one of the most common forms of contemporary folklore - the urban legends. 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."

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

This book is so exactly what I want out of a study of urban legends that I kind of think I read it at some point in the past and have since been comparing all other urban legend books to it. Brunvand ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - cloudshipsinger - LibraryThing

3 stars almost feels too low, given how ravenously I read this book. But I feel it had too much simple recounting of urban legends, and not enough analysis of what they tell about social insecurities ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (1981)

Jan Harold Brunvand lives in Salt Lake City, where he is professor emeritus at the University of Utah. He is the author of numerous books, including The Vanishing Hitchhiker; The Choking Doberman; The Baby Train; Too Good to Be True; and Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid.

Bibliographic information