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  • Library Binding: 324 pages
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO Ltd (31 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157607076X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576070765
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,539,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An A to Z reference work which offers entries on every aspect of the subject including: descriptions of hundreds of individual legends and their variations, legend themes, the scholary approaches to the genre, and thorough coverage from around the world. Topics include academic legends, the Butcher's Prank, earthquake stories, Freudian approach, Internet resources, religion in urban legends and social class in urban legends.

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College and university campuses, despite being centers of research, learning, and sophistication, are also fertile grounds for the growth of legends and other folklore. Read the first page
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2003
Format: Library Binding
Like many people, since watching the 'Urban Legends' film I have become a bit of a fan, and have bought many books about urban legends. However, I have been searching for the ultimate reference book of urban legends and I have found it! It may seem expensive and to be truthful it is only the cost that stopped it getting five stars. At first when I received it I was a little disappointed about the size of it and couldnt work out why the cost was so high. But once I had started reading it I realised that it was actually good value for what you get. This has everything you could possibly imagine in it, in an encyclopedia format. It is easy to read and to find particular legends, and also gives details about histories of particular legends and any other details that may exist about it. This is an essential book for your bookcase if you are a true fan of this subject looking for the ultimate reference book, but because of the cost I wouldnt recommend this to anyone who only has a slight interest in this subject.
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By bernie VINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is what its title implies, "Encyclopedia of Urban Legends." The is an attempt to alphabetize the legions by title, however there is no good way to alphabetize them or any order to read them in. so I suggest after a few random reads to just start front to back. Each entry is sort of annotated and referenced. Many times the annotation helps yet occasionally it just distracts and would have been better off to just tell the story and move on. Some of the entries have handwritten graphics. In the back there is an index that tries to organize the stories.

Do not forget to look for your personal favorite from childhood.

I do find myself repeating some of the legends to others. You can get some of the weirdest looks.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
I was desperate to find a good resource book that would give me an overview of urban legends, and this is the best book, at a very reasonable price (Paper back version) I have found.
It provides information on many of the famous Urban legends such as "The kidney Hiest", but also provides information on the less famous (But by no means less intriguing) stories.
Where possible the author has tried to trace the source of the legend, and accounting for the variations region to region, Brillant for n e body who wants a resource, but for those who want something to read this book lacks detail to make good bed time stories.
Its more Fact then Fiction (so to speak!)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A good reference 12 Dec. 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you're interested in urban legends from a folklore standpoint, a research standpoint, or just a fan then you will appreciate this book. It is the most complete reference I have seen. Details of stories, their comparison with other stories, common stories from other parts of the world, and clear explanations. Brunvand has a knack for making it all understandable and avoids being dry and lecturing. For the stories themselves you would want to see his many other collections; for research and reference you can not do without this book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Very Insightful & Informative 6 Mar. 2004
By M. Bertha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I decided to pick up this book because I have always had a mild interest in urban legends. This book is well organized from A-Z. It contains several hundred urban legends within the pages. I was quite surprised about how several different urban legends blend together.
The author dictates when the legend started and where it began. If you have any interest in urban legends then I would recommend this book. I was suprised at how many urban legends are documented and told.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A winning legand's book 18 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
If you are thinking for a urban legends book,this is the one you want. Has all the legands you can think of in it. From famuos ones to ones you have never heard of.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
See whether your favorite stories and legends are true. 12 Feb. 2013
By Steven O. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an authoritative reference, but it's a highly readable one. I appreciate the author's rigorous research into the truth or falsity of each legend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hours of fun reading 27 Mar. 2010
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
This book is what its title implies, "Encyclopedia of Urban Legends." The is an attempt to alphabetize the legions by title, however there is no good way to alphabetize them or any order to read them in. so I suggest after a few random reads to just start front to back. Each entry is sort of annotated and referenced. Many times the annotation helps yet occasionally it just distracts and would have been better off to just tell the story and move on. Some of the entries have handwritten graphics. In the back there is an index that tries to organize the stories.

Do not forget to look for your personal favorite from childhood.

I do find myself repeating some of the legends to others. You can get some of the weirdest looks.
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