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Jan Harold Brunvand (born Cadillac, Michigan March 23, 1933) is a professor emeritus of the University of Utah, best known for spreading the concept of the urban legend, a form of modern folklore. Before his work, folk tales were associated in the popular mind with ancient times or rural cultures; Brunvand has taken concepts developed in the academic study of traditional folktales and applied them to stories circulating in the modern world.

Brunvand is the author of several well-known books on the topic of urban legends, starting with The Vanishing Hitchhiker in 1981. This book brought urban legends to popular attention in the United States. Follow-up works include The Choking Doberman (1984), The Mexican Pet (1988), Curses! Broiled Again! (1990), The Baby Train (1993), The Encyclopedia of Urban Legends (2001), and others. He also edited the one-volume American Folklore: An Encyclopedia (1996), as well as several textbooks.

Born in Cadillac, Michigan, Brunvand received a Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University in 1961. He taught at several U.S. universities before joining the University of Utah in 1966. He retired in 1996, but gave the keynote address at the 2003 meeting of the Missouri Folklore Society, of which he is a longtime member.

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Total Books: 41
Be Afraid Be Very Afraid The Book of Scary Urban Legends
2004 - Be Afraid Be Very Afraid the Book of Scary Urban Legends (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780393326130
ISBN-10: 0393326136
Genres: Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

The Choking Doberman And Other Urban Legends
2003 - The Choking Doberman and Other Urban Legends (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780393303216
ISBN-10: 0393303217
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Curses Broiled Again The Hottest Urban Legends
2003 - Curses Broiled Again the Hottest Urban Legends (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780760736081
ISBN-10: 0760736081
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.

The Baby Train And Other Lusty Urban Legends
1993 - The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780393034387
ISBN-10: 0393034380
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 2.4/5 Stars.

The Mexican Pet More 'New' Urban Legends and Some Old Favorites
Choking Doberman And Other New Urban Legends
1984 - Choking Doberman and Other New Urban Legends (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780393018448
ISBN-10: 039301844X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

The Study of American Folklore An Introduction Third Edition
too good to be true the colossal book of urban legends
Too Good to Be True the Colossal Book of Urban Legends (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780965010498
ISBN-10: 096501049X
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.