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

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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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Marion Public Library 133.92 MAN (Text)
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Mount Morris Library 133.9 Man (Text)
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  • ISBN: 9780544745971 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0544745973 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xi, 335 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.

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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.
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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.
Subject: Mumler, William H.
Photographers > United States > Biography.
Psychics > United States > Biography.
Spirit photography > United States > History > 19th century.
Mumler, William H.
Photographers.
Psychics.
Spirit photography.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Biography.
History.
Biographies.


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