Halloween Reader: Poems, Stories, and Plays from Halloweens Past

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"Those who follow this book carefully are sure to win every Halloween contest they enter."
--Booklist
The literature of Halloween began in a time when poets, playwrights, and storytellers told tales inspired by fear of fate, the unknown, and the inexplicable--stories about dead souls and otherworldly creatures who drifted through the dark only on Halloween, when the spirit world seemed close enough to touch. This sourcebook of Halloween lore spans British, Irish, Scottish, French, Canadian, and American ...
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Overview

"Those who follow this book carefully are sure to win every Halloween contest they enter."
--Booklist
The literature of Halloween began in a time when poets, playwrights, and storytellers told tales inspired by fear of fate, the unknown, and the inexplicable--stories about dead souls and otherworldly creatures who drifted through the dark only on Halloween, when the spirit world seemed close enough to touch. This sourcebook of Halloween lore spans British, Irish, Scottish, French, Canadian, and American literature from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, from Robert Burns, W. B. Yeats, and James Joyce to Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton, and H. P. Lovecraft. Each of the poems, stories, and plays in this anthology provides a link to Halloween celebrations of the past. Treasures abound, such as a rare Halloween mention in a colonial American play and a French journalist's retelling of a night spent amongst the bones of a Breton charnel house. The "Hallowoddities" section includes witch-trial testimony, journal entries, and other spooky pieces related to Halloween.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589801769
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 833,772
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

One of the nation's foremost authorities on Halloween, Lesley Pratt Bannatyne has shared her vast knowledge of the holiday in television specials for Nickelodeon and the History Channel. For more than twenty years, she also has been active in the theater. She currently is co-director of Invisible Cities Group and co-artistic director of the Studebaker Theater. Ms. Bannatyne resides in Medford, Massachusetts, and has been named one of Boston's 100 Interesting Women by Boston Woman magazine.
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