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The strange case of William Mumler, spirit photographer

Author: Louis Kaplan
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'In the 1860s, William Mumler photographed ghosts--or so he claimed. Faint images of the dearly departed lurked in the background with the living, like his well-known photo of the recently assassinated Abraham Lincoln comforting Mary Todd. The practice came to be known as spirit photography, and some believed Mumler was channeling the dead. Skeptics, however, called it a fraudulent trick on the gullible, taking  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Named Person: William H Mumler; William H Mumler; William H Mumler; William H Mumler
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Kaplan
ISBN: 9780816651566 0816651566 9780816651573 0816651574
OCLC Number: 228503256
Description: xxi, 264 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: ghostly developments --
Mumler in the press: the beginnings (1862-1863) --
P.T. Barnum, spiritual photography (1866) --
William H. Mumler, The personal experiences of William H. Mumler in Spirit-photography (1875) --
Elbridge T. Gerry, The Mumler "spirit" photograph case (1869) --
Mumler in the press: The trial (1869) --
Conclusion, spooked theories: deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and the specters of Mumler.
Responsibility: Louis Kaplan.
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In the 1860s, William Mumler photographed ghosts--or so he claimed. In this work, Kaplan brings together Mumler's haunting images, his revealing memoir, and newspaper articles that offer historical  Read more...

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