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Brunvand, Jan Harold

Overview
Works: 100 works in 360 publications in 1 language and 22,352 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography  Comic books, strips, etc  Folklore  Sources  Classification 
Roles: Compiler, Other, Editor, Collector, Depositor
Classifications: GR105, 398.20973091732
Publication Timeline
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Publications by  Jan Harold Brunvand Publications by Jan Harold Brunvand
Most widely held works by Jan Harold Brunvand
Encyclopedia of urban legends by Jan Harold Brunvand ( )
41 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 3,954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents descriptions of hundreds of urban legends and their variations, themes, and scholarly approaches to the genre, including such tales as disappearing hitchhikers and hypodermic needles left in the coin slots of pay telephones
American folklore : an encyclopedia by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
23 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The range of general topics covered runs from traditional areas like folklore scholarship, film and folklore, [etc.]... to such leading-edge topics as bodylore, coding in American folk culture, cultural studies, computer folklore, empowerment, organizational folklore, and postmodernism."--Preface
The study of American folklore; an introduction by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
27 editions published between 1968 and 1998 in English and held by 2,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Too good to be true : the colossal book of urban legends by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
7 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 1,946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A fabulously entertaining book from the ultimate authority on those almost believable tales that always happen to a "friend of a friend." Alligators in the sewers? A pet in the microwave? A tragic misunderstanding of the function of cruise control? No, it didn't really happen to your friend's sister's neighbor: it's an urban legend. And no matter how savvy you think you are, you are sure to find in this collection of over 200 tales at least one story you would have sworn was true. Jan Harold Brunvand has been collecting & studying this modern folklore for over twenty years. In Too Good to Be True he captures the best stories in their best retellings, along with their latest variations & examples of how the stories have changed as they move from person to person & place to place. To help you find your favorite, Brunvand has arranged the tales thematically "Bringing Up Baby" is full of episodes of child-rearing gone wrong, including the grisly tale of the drugged out baby-sitter who mistakes the kid for a turkey. "Funny Business" showcases stories of infamous lapses in customer service, such as the story of the shockingly expensive chocolate chip cookie recipe. And "The Criminal Mind" features both brilliant-if they were real-scams, as well as the purported antics of the less mentally gifted. Whether you want to become an expert debunker or just have plenty of laughs, this book will surprise & entertain you
The vanishing hitchhiker : American urban legends and their meanings by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
17 editions published between 1981 and 2003 in English and held by 1,858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a collection of examples of major American urban legends, one of the most common forms of contemporary American folklore, and explains their popular appeal
The choking doberman and other "new" urban legends by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
14 editions published between 1984 and 2003 in English and held by 1,334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses over forty stories of improbable events told as true and embelished with local details which the author calls urban legends
Curses, broiled again! : the hottest urban legends going by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
10 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of all-new urban legends - those bizarre but believable stories about batter-fried rats, spiders in hairdos, Cabbage Patch dolls that get funerals, and the like that pass by word of mouth as being the gospel truth
The Mexican pet : more "new" urban legends and some old favorites by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
12 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The truth never stands in the way of a good story by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Here he [the author] looks in detail at a dozen rampant and long-lived examples of this vigorous category of contemporary folklore, tracing their historyies, variations, sources, and meanings."--Jacket
The baby train and other lusty urban legends by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
9 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
America's premiere folk detective is back on the case, sniffing out those zany but dubious stories that "really happened" to a friend of your sister's boyfriend's accountant's mechanic. Jan Harold Brunvand - "Mr. Urban Legend" (Smithsonian) - tracks the most fabulous tales making today's cocktail-party circuit and shows why those stories that sound too good to be true probably are too good to be true. The Baby Train offers a revealing peek behind the story of "The Exploding Bra"; exposes the embarrassing source of "The Hairdresser's Error"; resurrects a "Failed Suicide" Buster Keeton would have died for; and shows why adults are better off not bringing their comic-book fantasies out of the closet. From "Superhero Hijinx" to "The Shocking Videotape" to "The Accidental Cannibal," The Baby Train uncovers the mysteries behind some of the bawdiest, goriest, funniest, most pyrotechnic urban legends yet. The eponymous episode - "The Baby Train" - sheds light on certain predawn activities that have linked unusually high birth rates to the whim of train schedule-makers. Hottest legend of the year? - undoubtedly "The Toothbrush Story." A couple is robbed while on vacation; the only items not stolen, two toothbrushes and a camera. When the film is developed, they discover
Be afraid, be very afraid : the book of scary urban legends ( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of over ninety frightening urban legends, arranged by theme
Folklore : a study and research guide by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
7 editions published between 1976 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The big book of urban legends : adapted from the works of Jan Harold Brunvand by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
6 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Retells approximately two hundred urban legends in comic-strip form, featuring classics like "The Hook," "Alligators in the Sewer," and many other familiar and lesser-known stories
Readings in American folklore ( Book )
6 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A dictionary of proverbs and proverbial phrases from books published by Indiana authors before 1890 by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
13 editions published in 1961 in English and Undetermined and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The taming of the shrew : a comparative study of oral and literary versions by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
12 editions published between 1961 and 1991 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A guide for collectors of folklore in Utah by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
4 editions published between 1971 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Norwegian settlers in Alberta by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
8 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Casa frumoasă : the house beautiful in rural Romania by Jan Harold Brunvand ( Book )
7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Anyone who has travelled in Romania or has an interest in the country may have admired the striking tradition of exterior house decoration. This book surveys and illustrates the historical forms of Romanian house decoration and examines the aesthetics of the designs and their functions
Spiders in the hairdo modern urban legends by D Holt ( Recording )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Master storytellers Bill Holt and Bill Mooney bring you fifteen of "the funniest, scariest, down-right weirdest" urban legends. These are so-called t̀rue stories', which leave it up to the listener to decide if they are truly believable
 
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Alternative Names
Brunvald, Jan Harold
Brunvand, Jan
Brunvand, Jan H.
Brunvand, Jan H. 1933-
ブルンヴァン, ジャン・ハロルド
Languages
English (232)
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