Death Makes A Holiday

Death Makes A Holiday

A Cultural History of Halloween

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
A cultural critic and author of Hollywood Gothic offers an in-depth study of one of America's most popular and complex holidays, tracing its history back to Celtic lore and legend, and explaining how it has evolved into its current form, and exploring its various traditions, rituals, and religious signficance. 20,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
From acclaimed cultural critic David J. Skal, an in-depth look at one of the most popular-and perplexing-holidays in America.

Using a mix of personal anecdotes and brilliant social analysis, Skal examines the amazing phenomenon of Halloween, exploring its dark Celtic history and illuminating why it has evolved-in the course of a few short generations-from a quaint, small-scale celebration into the largest seasonal marketing event outside of Christmas.

Traveling the country, Skal profiles a wide cross-section of America-hard-nosed business men who see Halloween in terms of money; fundamentalists who think it is blasphemous; practicing witches who view it as sacred; and more ordinary men and women who go to extraordinary lengths, on this one night only, to transform themselves and their surroundings into elaborate fantasies. Firmly rooted in a deeper cultural and historical analysis, these interviews seek to understand what the various rituals and traditions associated with the holiday have to say about our national psyche.


Baker
& Taylor

Offers an in-depth study of one of America's most popular and complex holidays, tracing its history back to Celtic lore and legend, explaining how it has evolved into its current form, and exploring its various traditions.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bloomsbury, 2002
ISBN: 9781582342306
158234230X
Branch Call Number: 394.2646 SKA
Characteristics: viii, 224 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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