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Author Regal, Brian, author.

Title The secret history of the Jersey Devil : how Quakers, hucksters, and Benjamin Franklin created a monster / Brian Regal, Frank J. Esposito.

Publication Info. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    398.20974 REG    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction    398.20974 REG    Available
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Description x, 147 pages ; 23 cm
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Summary "Legend has it that in 1735, a witch named Mother Leeds gave birth to a horrifying monster--a deformed flying horse with glowing red eyes--that flew up the chimney of her New Jersey home and disappeared into the Pine Barrens. Ever since, this nightmarish beast has haunted those woods, presaging catastrophe and frightening innocent passersby--or so the story goes. In The Secret History of the Jersey Devil, Brian Regal and Frank J. Esposito examine the genesis of this popular myth, which is also one of the oldest monster legends in the United States. According to Regal and Esposito, everything you think you know about the Jersey Devil is wrong. The real story of the Jersey Devil's birth is far more interesting, complex, and important than most people--believers and skeptics alike--realize. Leaving the Pine Barrens, Regal and Esposito turn instead to the varied political and cultural roots behind the Devil's creation. Fascinating and lively, this book finds the origins of New Jersey's favorite monster not in witchcraft or an unnatural liaison between woman and devil but in the bare-knuckled political fights and religious upheavals of colonial America. A product of innuendo and rumor, as well as scandal and media hype, the Jersey Devil enjoys a rich history involving land grabs, astrological predictions, mermaids and dinosaur bones, sideshows, Napoleon Bonaparte's brother, a cross-dressing royal governor, and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. Providing a complete reappraisal of an old and popular legend, this book will entertain readers interested in colonial America, the history of New Jersey, or cryptozoology"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Jersey Devil (Monster)
Legends -- New Jersey -- Pine Barrens.
Monsters -- New Jersey -- Pine Barrens.
Folklore -- New Jersey -- Pine Barrens.
New Jersey -- Politics and government -- To 1775.
New Jersey -- Church history -- 18th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- To 1775.
United States -- Church history -- 18th century.
Genre/Form Legends.
Added Author Esposito, Frank J., author.
ISBN 9781421424897 (hardcover alkaline paper)
1421424894 (hardcover alkaline paper)
9781421424910 (electronic book)

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