The Apparitionists

The Apparitionists

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

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2017
ISBN: 9780544745971
Call Number: 133.92 M3174a
Characteristics: xi, 335 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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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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