By Jan Harold Brunvand
From roasted infants to vanishing hitchhikers to housewives in soccer helmets, this exhaustive and hugely readable encyclopedia offers descriptions of thousands of person legends and their adaptations, examines legend topics, and explains scholarly ways to the style. Revised and multiplied to incorporate up to date models of the entries from the award-winning first version, this paintings offers extra entries on quite a lot of new themes that come with terrorism, contemporary political occasions, and typhoon Katrina.
Entries in Encyclopedia of city Legends, up to date and increased version speak about the presence of city legends in comedian books, literature, movie, song, and lots of different components of pop culture, in addition to the life of "too reliable to be true" tales in Argentina, China, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and a number of other international locations. Serving as either an anthology of reports in addition to a reference paintings, this encyclopedia will function a precious source for college kids and a resource e-book for newshounds, specialist folklorists, and others who're studying or drawn to city legends.