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The apparitionists : a tale of phantoms, fraud, photography, and the man who captured Lincoln's ghost

Author: Peter Manseau
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the early days of photography, in the death-strewn wake of the Civil War, one man seized Americas imagination. A "spirit photographer," William Mumler took portrait photographs that featured the ghostly presence of a lost loved one alongside the living subject. Mumler was a sensation: The affluent and influential came calling. Peter Manseau brilliantly captures a nation wracked with grief and hungry for proof of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Manseau, Peter.
Apparitionists.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
(DLC) 2017021898
Named Person: William H Mumler; William H Mumler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Manseau
ISBN: 9780544745971 0544745973
OCLC Number: 953710097
Description: xi, 335 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Part I: The black art --
Procure the remedy at once and be well --
Love and painting are quarrelsome companions --
Ties which death itself could not loose --
A palace for the Sun --
I thought nobody would be damaged much --
A lounging, listless madhouse --
My God! Is it possible? --
She really is a wonderful whistler --
No shadow of trickery --
A craving for light --
Part II: Philosophical instruments --
The message department --
A big head full of ideas --
Chair and all --
Did you ever dream of some lost friend? --
War against wrong --
Whose bones lie bleaching --
Part III: Humbugged --
All is gone and nothing saved --
A favorite haunt of apparitions --
The spirits do not like a throng --
The tenderest sympathies of human nature --
Weep, weep, my eyes --
Are you a spiritualist in any degree? --
An old, moth-eaten cloak --
By supernatural means --
Figura vaporosa --
They paid their money, and they had their choice --
Those mortals gifted with the power of seeing --
Part IV: Image and afterlife --
Calm assurance of a happy future --
The Mumler process.
Responsibility: Peter Manseau.

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In the early days of photography, in the death-strewn wake of the Civil War, one man seized Americas imagination. A "spirit photographer," William Mumler took portrait photographs that featured the ghostly presence of a lost loved one alongside the living subject. Mumler was a sensation: The affluent and influential came calling. Peter Manseau brilliantly captures a nation wracked with grief and hungry for proof of the existence of ghosts and for contact with their dead husbands and sons.

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