Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, Updated and Expanded Edition [2 volumes]

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, Updated and Expanded Edition [2 volumes]

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by Jan Harold Brunvand
     
 

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This revised edition of the original reference standard for urban legends provides an updated anthology of common myths and stories, and presents expanded coverage of international legends and tales shared and popularized online.

• Approximately 300 individual entries for specific urban legends

• An introduction provides a brief history of urban

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This revised edition of the original reference standard for urban legends provides an updated anthology of common myths and stories, and presents expanded coverage of international legends and tales shared and popularized online.

• Approximately 300 individual entries for specific urban legends

• An introduction provides a brief history of urban legend research

• A selected bibliography and reference citations

Editorial Reviews

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"As well as an interesting examination of the folkloric origins of urban legends, their sources, permutations, and distribution, this encyclopedia is also tremendous fun to browse. Fans of urban legends will enjoy reading up on the classic stories as well as gaining some insight into legends from other countries and cultures. . . . This volume would be a good addition for humanities collections, but also a good individual purchase for personal use." - Reference Reviews

"This highly readable resource by Brunvand features variations from across the world on common themes such as animal infestations, crimes, academic legends, and celebrity rumors. . . . This will be a useful volume for public and school libraries and undergraduate academic collections. Summing up: recommended." - Choice

"This outstanding reference title represents Brunvand's professional commitment to the preservation and study of urban legends. . . . This comprehensive resource, which contains urban legends found in the United States, as well as numerous foreign ones, should be in the reference collection of all libraries." - ARBA

"The first edition of The Encyclopedia of Urban Legends was a good general resource for legend study, and the revised one is even better. The number and extent of the emendations certainly merits the new edition." - Journal of Folklore Research

"This book is more than just a collection of urban legends—it also includes important folkloric concepts and topics. . . . Accessible enough for the casual reader yet scholarly enough for academic researchers, The Encyclopedia of Urban Legends is an invaluable and fascinating book that merits a place on the shelf of any skeptic and student of folklore." - Skeptical Inquirer

"Brunvand's work, which is considered a standard on the topic, is recommended for public, school, and academic libraries, especially those lacking the earlier edition." - Library Journal

"The cross-referencing in the work is excellent. . . . This is an excellent beginning resource for students interested in the subject." - Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598847208
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
782
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Jan Harold Brunvand, PhD, is professor emeritus of English at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

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