The Halloween Encyclopedia, 2d ed.

Overview

First published by McFarland in 2003, The Halloween Encyclopedia (described by Booklist as "a worthy addition to public and school libraries as well as the reference shelves of journalists and leaders of community events") was the first encyclopedic reference on the cultural phenomenon known as Halloween. The book also deals with such related holidays as Britain's Guy Fawkes Day, Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the Celtic celebration Samhain.

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Overview

First published by McFarland in 2003, The Halloween Encyclopedia (described by Booklist as "a worthy addition to public and school libraries as well as the reference shelves of journalists and leaders of community events") was the first encyclopedic reference on the cultural phenomenon known as Halloween. The book also deals with such related holidays as Britain's Guy Fawkes Day, Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the Celtic celebration Samhain.

Now updated to 2010, this second edition includes more than 50 new entries, covering subjects ranging from Folk Art to African American legends. Many existing entries have been expanded and revised, with new entries ("Chronology of Halloween" and "Halloween in Literature and the Arts") in both appendices. Also featured are more than a dozen new illustrations, and an expanded bibliography.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this update of the 2003 edition, Morton—a playwright, screenwriter, and fiction writer—has compiled research based on an impressive number of primary sources, both current and historical. Approximately 430 entries range in length from one paragraph to several pages and are arranged alphabetically. Entries are also cross-referenced to related subjects within the book. Two appendixes are included: "Chronology of Halloween" and "Halloween in Literature and the Arts." An extensive bibliography and an index follow (note: the index was not completed at the time of review). Illustrations are sprinkled throughout the book. Entries include both the expected ("Candy," "Jack-O'-Lantern," "Trick-or-Treat") and the unexpected ("Apple Seeds," "Eggs," "Rhyming"). Subjects seemingly unrelated to Halloween are thoughtfully examined for their relevance to the holiday. The book is notable for its inclusion of lesser-known historical festivals and celebrations from which many modern-day Halloween traditions have been derived. Readers seeking a more detailed narrative about the history of Halloween would be better served by Nicholas Rogers's Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night (Oxford Univ. Pr., 2003). BOTTOM LINE A well-written resource that will appeal to both students and adults curious about this autumnal celebration.—Jennifer Michaelson, Cleveland
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786460748
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/27/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Morton is a playwright, fiction and reference book author and screenwriter. A Bram Stoker Award winner for superior achievement in horror writing, she lives in North Hollywood, California.

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