The Apparitionists

The Apparitionists

A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost

eBook - 2017
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In the early days of photography, in the death-strewn wake of the Civil War, one man seized America's imagination. A "spirit photographer," William Mumler, took portrait photographs that featured the ghostly presence of lost loved ones alongside his living subjects. At a time when artists like Mathew Brady were remaking American culture with their cameras, Mumler was a sensation: the affluent and influential came calling, including Mary Todd Lincoln.

It took a circuslike trial of Mumler on fraud charges, starring P. T. Barnum for the prosecution, to expose a fault line of doubt and manipulation. And even then, the judge's stunning verdict suggested no one would ever solve the mystery of how Mumler did it. This forgotten puzzle offers a vivid snapshot of America at a crossroads in its history, a nation in thrall to new technology while grasping desperately for something to believe in.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2017
ISBN: 9780544745988
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Crystal8735
Jan 31, 2018

Wasn't too impressed by this book. Was expecting paranormal sightings from the time of Lincoln, but is more about the nature of history of photography, spiritualism (only a few mentions) and the life of some of the photographers such as Brady, etc. Skimmed through a lot of the book but some of it was an okay read.

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