The Halloween Encyclopedia

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First published by McFarland in 2003, The Halloween Encyclopedia (described by Booklist as "a worthy addition to public and school libraries as well as the reference shelves of journalists and leaders of community events") was the first encyclopedic reference on the cultural phenomenon known as Halloween. The book also deals with such related holidays as Britain's Guy Fawkes Day, Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the Celtic celebration Samhain. Now updated to 2010, this second edition includes more than 50 new entries, covering subjects ranging from Folk Art to African American legends. Many existing entries have been expanded and revised, with new entries ("Chronology of Halloween" and "Halloween in Literature and the Arts") in both appendices. Also featured are more than a dozen new illustrations, and an expanded bibliography.

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Lisa Morton is a playwright, an author of fiction and a screenwriter in addition to her numerous reference works. A recipient of the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in horror writing, she lives in North Hollywood.

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Several hundred A-Z entries cover the history, folklore, symbols, rituals, artifacts, and activities of Halloween. Morton's research extends to Wiccan lore, Celtic observances, and Christian mythology, including the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead. She writes enthusiastically about folk customs and is sensitive to the controversies surrounding horror literature, witchcraft, and demonism. Without undue pedantry, she explains the house-to-house souling pilgrimage, the incorporation of cabbages in Scottish holidays, the source of the boogeyman in bogs, and the lengthy training of Druid priests in predicting the future. Contributing to data are detailed photos and line drawings--players enjoying a fireside game of snap-apple, an illustration from the Luttrell Psalter, a cook preparing holiday eggs, children around a bonfire. A lengthy entry on Guy Fawkes Day, which absorbed many Halloween traditions, includes a detailed history, an engraving of the gunpowder conspirators, descriptions of regional variations, and the texts of several popular rhymes.

Assisting teachers, researchers, and the media is a two-page chronology of Halloween, beginning with ancient Egyptian writings and a post-9/11 urban legend about going to malls on Halloween. A second appendix lists and summarizes literature and films from 1714 to 2001. The bibliography is thorough, covering early sources as well as recent works. The author could have improved on the list of books by separating primary and secondary sources.

This generously illustrated and indexed overview is a worthy addition to public and school libraries as well as the reference shelves of journalists and leaders of community events. Information on Halloween can be found in resources such as Folklore of American Holidays (3d ed., Gale, 1998) and Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary (3d ed., Omnigraphics, 2003), but The Halloween Encyclopedia offers much more detail. RBB
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Descrizione libro McFarland Co Inc, United States, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 2nd edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. A first edition of The Halloween Encyclopedia was published by McFarland in 2003 (Booklist a worthy addition to public and school libraries as well as the reference shelves of journalists and leaders of community events ); it was the first encyclopedic reference book on the cultural phenomenon (which also deals with such related holidays as Britain s Guy Fawkes Day, Mexico s Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, and the Celtic celebration Samhain). Now updated to 2010, this second edition includes more than 50 new entries, covering subjects ranging from Folk Art to African American legends. Many existing entries have been expanded and revised, with new entries ( Chronology of Halloween and Halloween in Literature and the Arts ) in both appendices. Also featured are more than a dozen new illustrations, and an expanded bibliography. Codice libro della libreria AAN9780786460748

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