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From the Publisher

The first in-depth study of ghost stories from the haunts of academia

---Analyzes the ghost stories of college students in depth

---Focuses on texts from a forty-year period, with particular emphasis on twenty-first-century e-mail and instant messaging

---Includes 18 photographs of monuments, sites, and images related to campus ghostlore

---Covers these ghosts and these campuses:
Augie, ghost of University of Northern Iowa
Ball State University
Barb, ghost of Indiana State University
Black Lady, ghost of Henderson State University
Boston University
Brandeis University
Briarcliff Lodge
Cambridge University
Carlisle Indian School
Carnegie Mellon University
Caruthers, Susie, ghost of University of Georgia
Clarkson University
College of New Jersey
College of William and Mary
College of Wooster
Colvin, Caroline, ghost of University of Maine
Cornell University
Cunningham, Condie, ghost of University of Montevallo
Dartmouth College
Doc Benton, ghost of Dartmouth College
Dooley, ghost of Emory University
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edith, ghost of University of Northern Colorado
Elizabeth, ghost of SUNY Cortland
Endicott College
Florida Southern College
Fordham University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Gus, ghost of Binghamton University
Harvard University
Haskell Indian Nations University
Henderson State University
Hofstra University
Howard, Agnes, ghost of West Virginia Wesleyan
Huntingdon College
Indiana State University
Indiana University
Isabella, ghost of Northwestern State University
Johns Hopkins University
King's College
Louisiana State University
Lucy, ghost of Smith College
Mansfield University
Marietta College
Marist College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)
Miami University of Ohio
Michigan State University
Millikin University
Montana State University
Montclair State University
Moravian College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Saint Mary's College
Northeastern University
Northwestern State University
Ohio University
Oklahoma City University
Old Coaly, ghost of Penn State
Oxford University
Pedro, ghost of the University of California at Berkeley
Pennsylvania State University at Schuylkill Haven
Pennsylvania State University at University Park
Ramapo College
Randolph-Macon College
Red Lady of Huntingdon College
Rhode Island School of Design
Ricks College
Rowan University
Rutgers University
Saint John's University
Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College
Sara, ghost of Mansfield University
Schamberg, William, ghost of Ball State University
Skull and Bones, secret society at Yale
Smith College, 68
Southern Methodist University
State University of New York at Buffalo
State University of New York at Cortland
State University of New York at Morrisville
State University of New York at Oneonta
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Stoney Ghosty, ghost of University of Northern Colorado
Stroud, ghost of Ohio University
Susquehanna University
Sweet Briar College
Syracuse University
Temasek Junior College, Singapore
Tennessee Wesleyan College
Texas Tech University
To Keung School of Midwifery, China
Trumansburg State University
United States Naval Academy
University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Irvine
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Connecticut at Storrs
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Kansas
University of Maine at Orono
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
University of Miami at Coral Gables
University of Michigan
University of Montevallo
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
University of Northern Colorado
University of Northern Iowa
University of Pennsylvania
University of Redlands
University of Rochester
University of Scranton
University of Tennessee
University of Western Kentucky
University of Wisconsin
Utah State University
Vassar College
Wayne State University
Wedding Cake House, University of Georgia
"Weeping Widow" statue, Utah State University
Wellesley College
Wells College
Westbrook Junior College
West Virginia Wesleyan University
White Lady, ghost of Clarkson University
Yale University
Zelda, ghost of University of Northern Iowa
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (September 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578069955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578069958
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

ELIZABETH (LIBBY) TUCKER enjoys writing and talking about all kinds of folklore, especially folklore of the supernatural. Before studying folklore at Indiana University, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Ivory Coast, West Africa, where she learned a lot about the importance of cultural traditions. As the editor of Children's Folklore Review and the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research's e-newsletter, FOAFtale News, she is always looking for good essays and stories. Her husband, a photographer, has taken many of the photos for her books. She has a golden retriever, two cats, and a doll named Tina, purchased from eBay under the title "haunted doll!" Tina's previous owner says she knew the doll was haunted when lights and a TV kept going on and off without any human intervention. So far, Tina has caused no trouble at Libby's house.

On September 22, Libby will give a talk about college/university ghosts at George Mason University's "Fall for the Book" event. She will also participate in a reading of selections from Frank de Caro's The Folklore Muse, to which she contributed an autobiographical essay about using folk traditions to get through medical treatment. She has offered two creative writing workshops for local community members who want to write about their own health crises and has thought about possibly writing a book on that subject.

A devoted customer of amazon.com, Libby constantly orders new books, including publications by some of her star students at Binghamton University: Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Thom Brucie, Andrei Guruianu, Ellen Potter, Sheila Massoni, John Smelcer, and others. She looks forward to getting to know more people who love to read and write.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Hope on February 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down. One of my experiences was detailed in one of the chapters, but all of the stories are great. I highly recommend it if you are interested at all in the supernatural.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By grasshopper4 on November 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Libby Tucker's book succeeds on a number of levels. It is an excellent documentation and interpretation of interesting ghost stories from American colleges. The stories are presented in a highly readable way, and they will appeal to anyone interested in stories about haunted sites. On another level, she provides interesting analyses that show how these stories can be read to provide important insights into the cultural assumptions and values of those who tell and listen to the tales. Her arguments about the significance of the stories work especially well when she relates the stories' themes to major concerns and important life changes that contemporary college students are facing when they leave high school to make the transition into higher education. Although it is an important resource for learning about ghosts, beasties, and things that go bump in the night, readers will also learn that about the everyday issues that also haunt the world of young adults. The book, thus, gives readers important insights into the real-world experience of a largely overlooked segment of our population.
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