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A Vintage Volume of Halloween History!
Originally published in 1919, Ruth Edna Kelley's THE BOOK OF HALLOWE'EN remains the all time classic exploration of Halloween history, from the mysterious year end rites of the ancient Celts, to the autumnal reign of Samhain, the Druid god of death, to the coming to Europe of Christianity and "All Saints Day," to the charming early 20th Century Halloween beliefs and customs of Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, France, Germany and America. Filled with Halloween poems, games and tried and true ancient methods for divining the future (especially for discovering the identity of one's future spouse!), THE BOOK OF HALLOWE'EN opens a captivating window into the past of one of today's most beloved holidays.
This Better Days Books edition of THE BOOK OF HALLOWE'EN is a quality reprint containing the full text of the original 1919 edition, along with a new full color cover inspired by a genuine vintage Halloween card from the era.
Often imitated, but never equaled, Ruth Edna Kelley's THE BOOKS OF HALLOWE'EN remains the most complete, fun and fascinating exploration of the Halloween holiday available in this or any Century.
Vintage Halloween and antiquarian book collectors, rejoice! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Ruth Edna Kelley (8 April 1893 - 4 March 1982) was an American librarian and author. She is chiefly remembered for The Book of Hallowe'en (1919), the first book-length history of the holiday. Kelley was born in Massachusetts, the only child of Charles F. Kelley, a carpenter, and his wife Mary. She grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts, and received a master of arts degree. Her other book was A Life of Their Own (1947), which dealt with immortality and spirituality. Kelley died in Marblehead, Massachusetts at the age of 88. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Halloween is the best and my favorite holiday. i love books like thisPublished 1 month ago by vampire28
Gives a good overview of the history of Halloween with good historical references.
Get this one, Halloween isn't that far away
I'm writing this review with the sole purpose of clearing up any confusion about the illustrated Kindle version of this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Trembczynski
Besides decorating my own house for Halloween I also am on the board of a historic 1840's house and also help decorate the Sutliff Museum, a Victorian Parlor, above the local... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Susan Stoddart
This was a cute little book about the origins of Halloween. Every Halloween I like to read up on something creepy, whether it be the holiday, the origin of costumes, witches,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alex Apostol, author
This book really seems to be about the mating games of young people in the past 3 to 4 centuries. It did not have more than a sentence about how Halloween was changed when it came... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Louann Henderson
Such a cool little book that I stumbled across learning about in an article so I gave it a go and ordered it. Loved it. From the first page to the last.Published 9 months ago by Langer