The "Grateful Dead"

The "Grateful Dead" : The History of a Folk Story

3.68 (16 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Introduction by 

List price: US$35.00

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

Who, if not a rock group, were the grateful dead? In this classic study, originally published in 1908, Gordon Hall Gerould explores a body of literature devoted to the ghosts of the departed who showed gratitude to those who took care of their bodies and assisted in getting rid of demons. Typically, the grateful dead stories concern a young hero who takes on the responsibility of seeing that an unburied corpse receives a proper burial. A stranger who offers to accompany and assist him turns out to be the ghost of the dead man, repaying the hero for his good deed. Gerould surveys more than a hundred grateful dead stories, tracing their lineages, describing their common traits, and unraveling their variations. Through a close study of secular as well as religious stories, Gerould demonstrates the remarkable durability and adaptability of the grateful dead. With this book, Gerould established methods that laid the foundations for modern folklore scholarship. Norm Cohen's introduction places Gerould and his legacy in this historical context.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 139 x 210 x 25.4mm | 385.55g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New ed of 1908 ed
  • 025202575X
  • 9780252025754

Rating details

16 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 44% (7)
4 12% (2)
3 19% (3)
2 19% (3)
1 6% (1)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X