Books about Urban Legends
 
The Vanishing Hitchhiker (1981)

The Vanishing Hitchhiker
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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