Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween. David J. Skal.

Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween

New York: Bloomsbury, 2002.

First Edition. Hardcover. Stated first American edition, with full number line indicating first printing. 9 1/2" X 6 3/8". 224pp. A touch of shelfwear to dust jacket. Bound in full black paper with spine lettered in silver. Light bumping to corners, else fine. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A very presentable first printing of this in-depth look at one of the most popular-and perplexing-holidays in America by acclaimed cultural critic David J. Skal.

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. Very good / very good. Item #6780
ISBN: 158234230x

Price: $35.00

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