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The nail in the skull and other Victorian urban legends

Title
The nail in the skull and other Victorian urban legends / Simon Young.
ISBN
9781496839473
1496839471
9781496839466
1496839463
Publication
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2022]
Physical Description
xl, 227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary
"In the last fifty years, folklorists have amassed an extraordinary corpus of contemporary legends including "the Choking Doberman," "the Eaten Ticket," and "the Vanishing Hitchhiker." But what about the urban legends of the past? These legends and tales have rarely been collected, and when they occasionally appear, they do so as ancestors or precursors of the urban legends of today, rather than as stories in their own right. In The Nail in the Skull and Other Victorian Urban Legends, Simon Young fills this gap for British folklore (and for the wider English-speaking world) of the 1800s. Young introduces seventy Victorian urban legends ranging from "Beetle Eyes" to the "Shoplifter's Dilemma" and from "Hands in the Muff" to "the Suicide Club." While a handful of these stories are already known, the vast majority have never been identified, and they have certainly never received scholarly treatment. Young begins the volume with a lengthy introduction assessing nineteenth-century media, emphasizing the importance of the written word to the perpetuation and preservation of these myths. He draws on numerous nineteenth-century books, periodicals, and ephemera, including digitized newspaper archives-particularly the British Newspaper Archive, an exciting new hunting ground for folklorists. The Nail in the Skull and Other Victorian Urban Legends will appeal to an academic audience as well as to anyone who is interested in urban legends"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Young, Simon. Nail in the skull and other victorian urban legends Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2022
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
August 16, 2022
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents
Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
1:The baby picnic
2: Beetle eyes
3: The bosom serpent
4: Buried alive
5: The cautious druggist
6: Child pie
7: The chimney boy
8: Chloroformed!
9: Covert Catholics
10: Cycling afflictions
11: Death dice
12: Devil take me!
13: Do you know her?
14: Downie's slaughter
15: Dressing the workhouse corpse
16: Drugged on a train
17: The eagle and the baby
18: Egg ring
19: Familiar enemies
20: Fish ring
21: The galvanic convict
22: The ghost in search of help
23: Ghost wager
24: Ghostly donation
25: Hands in the muff
26: Harem prisoner
27: Hero survives
28: Hollow tree death
29: Human sausages
30: I lost the ring here
31: I'm Jack the Ripper!
32: Immured Lovers
33: The injured garotter
34: Jolting the coffin
35: The judge and the foreman
36: The lady and the ring
37: The lawyer and the poisoned cakes
38: The long pack
39: Message in a hat
40: A million postage stamps - 41: The mistletoe bride
42: A modern Jonah!
43: Nail in the coffin
44: The nail in the skull
45: The omnibus driver's holiday
46: One little piggy
47: Paying for his burial
48: The pickpocket's ring
49: Poison duel
50: Prayers and the thief
51: The red hand!
52: The returned watch
53: Selling sovereigns
54: Sewer montsters
55: She's my daughter?
56: Shooting at a ghost
57: The shoplifter's dilemma
58: The skeletons that eloped
59: The Spanish prisoner
60: The suicide club
61: Swallowed up
62: The tell-tale eye
63: Tick tock
64: There's gold in those sewers
65: Tunnel kissing
66: The vanishing lady
67: Watch the clock
68: Wild thing
69: The wrong bed
70: The wrong trousers
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Citation

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