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The Truth Never Stands in the Way of a Good Story
     

The Truth Never Stands in the Way of a Good Story

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by Jan Harold Brunvand, Erik Brunvand
 
In this lively and engaging book, the nation's foremost expert on urban legends looks in detail at a dozen rampant and long-lived examples of this vigorous category of contemporary folklore.

Jan Harold Brunvand traces the histories, variations, sources, and meanings of urban legends such as "The Red Velvet Cake," "The Exploding Toilet," and "Lights Out!,"

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In this lively and engaging book, the nation's foremost expert on urban legends looks in detail at a dozen rampant and long-lived examples of this vigorous category of contemporary folklore.

Jan Harold Brunvand traces the histories, variations, sources, and meanings of urban legends such as "The Red Velvet Cake," "The Exploding Toilet," and "Lights Out!," pointing out their common elements--notably, their insistence on the truth of the story and their attribution to a "friend of a friend"--and pinning down the qualities that make them hard to believe yet impossible to dismiss. For those interested in popular culture and current events as well as those wary of being taken in by false information, Brunvand's book reinforces his most basic piece of advice: "Don't believe everything you hear."

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Library Journal
Verbally transmitted stories that have influenced history, beliefs, morals, and humor, folktales usually derive from a retelling by a "friend-of-a-friend" through which the tale has become accepted as fact. In the past half-century, the study of these brief vignettes--which range in theme from animal horror stories to accidents, business and professional events, and pranks--has achieved academic status. These two anthologies recount legends from the oral American tradition, using classic and contemporary sources. Brunvand, the unchallenged master of narratives that incorporate the absurdities and fears of modern urban life, adds another tome to his impressive collections of urban tales and humor. Along with more esoteric entries, familiar nuggets of oral fiction are included, such as title pieces from "The Mexican Pet" and "The Vanishing Hitchhiker." Equally valuable is Canadian raconteur Genge's anthology. His work is a remarkable collection of myths that make the rounds in offices, college dorms, and wherever people swap stories that spring from our deepest fears and fascinations. Including tales like "Scare Me!" and "Corporate Convulsions," these legends have appeared in the popular press and circulated via photocopies, faxes, and computer links, Well crafted and riveting, these anthologies are essential to Americana collections. Recommended for all libraries.--Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Bill Ellis
Guides the reader through many examples of how old forms of folklore leap with ease into the world of international travel and communication, and even into the realm of cyberspace.
—Bill Ellis, president of the international Society for Contemporary Legend Research

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252024245
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
12/10/1999
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.87(d)

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