The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings

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W. W. Norton & Company, Dec 17, 2003 - Fiction - 224 pages
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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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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

I loved this book. This is what we were forced to use before snopes came along, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. It's funny to think that urban legends used to be primarily transmitted by mouth. Read full review

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

This is a fascinating recount of several of the most enduring urban legends, showing how they, in some cases, date back many years and have evolved in the telling. I haven't read any of the various ... Read full review

Contents

New Legends for Old
1
The Classic Automobile Legends
19
The Hook and Other Teenage Horrors
47
Dreadful Contaminations
75
Purloined Corpses and Fear of the Dead
103
Dalliance Nudity and Nightmares
125
Business Ripoffs Two Favorite Media Legends
153
Urban Legends In the Making
175
Afterword
187
Glossary of Terms in Urban Legend Study
193
Collecting and Studying Urban Legends
197
Index
203
Back Cover
209
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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.

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