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.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780544745971
Branch Call Number: 133.92 MANSEAU
Characteristics: xi, 335 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Given the ubiquity of photos today, it is difficult to appreciate the truly explosive effect they once had on American culture. In this whirlwind survey, Manseau explains how this technology influenced the public's perceptions of the Civil War and how certain pioneering con men enthralled a griev... Read More »

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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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