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Halloween

Author: David J Skal
Publisher: Dover Publications, 2016.
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Wonderfully well-written, outrageous, and provocative." {u2014} Booklist. "Entertaining {u2026} and scholarly {u2026} Like a bag of Halloween candy, the book is a lot of fun." {u2014} Boston Globe. "Fans of cultural history will devour each chapter {u2026} like a toothsome treat." {u2014} Christian Science Monitor. Acclaimed cultural critic David J. Skal explores one of America's most perplexingly popular holidays  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Skal, David J.
Halloween : The History of America's Darkest Holiday.
Newburyport : Dover Publications, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David J Skal
ISBN: 0486812820 9780486812823
OCLC Number: 951505716
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Foreword and Forewarned; Introduction; One; Two; Three; Four; Five; Epilogue; Afterword; Notes; Acknowledgments; Index; The Candy Man's Tale; The Halloween Machine; The Witch's Teat; Home Is Where The Hearse Is; The Devil On Castro Street; Halloween On Screen; September 11 And October 31; Or, How to Haunt a House; And Other Skirmishes in the Culture Wars.

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Wonderfully well-written, outrageous, and provocative." {u2014} Booklist. "Entertaining {u2026} and scholarly {u2026} Like a bag of Halloween candy, the book is a lot of fun." {u2014} Boston Globe. "Fans of cultural history will devour each chapter {u2026} like a toothsome treat." {u2014} Christian Science Monitor. Acclaimed cultural critic David J. Skal explores one of America's most perplexingly popular holidays in this original mix of personal anecdotes and social analysis. Skal traces Halloween's evolution from its dark Celtic history and quaint, small-scale celebrations to its emergence as mammoth seasonal marketing event. Skal takes readers on a cross-country survey that covers remarkably divergent perspectives, from the merchants who welcome a money-making opportunity that's second only to Christmas to fundamentalists who decry Halloween a form of blasphemy and practicing witches who embrace it as a holy day. He also profiles individuals who revel in this once-a-year occasion to participate in elaborate fantasies. Their narratives, combined with the author's cultural analysis, offer a revealing look at an intriguing aspect of our national psyche.

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