The noted folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand has written the first book about one of the most common forms of contemporary folklore -- the urban legend. All of the major legends are fully discussed, from teenage horror stories like "The Hook
" and "The Boyfriend's Death
" to spoofs of adult foibles like "The Solid Cement Cadillac
" and "The Nude Surprise Party
Each of the eight chapters is followed by an extensive bibliography. To aid the beginning folklore student, the author also provides a glossary of terms in urban legend study and an appendix of detailed suggestions on how to collect and analyze legend texts.
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