Preparing the Ghost

Preparing the Ghost

An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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Moses Harvey was the eccentric Newfoundland reverend and amateur naturalist who first photographed the near-mythic giant squid in 1874, draping it over a shower curtain rod to display its magnitude. In Preparing the Ghost, what begins as Moses's story becomes much more, as fellow squid-enthusiast Matthew Gavin Frank boldly winds his narrative tentacles around history, creative nonfiction, science, memoir, and meditations about the interrelated nature of them all. In a full-hearted, lyrical style reminiscent of Geoff Dyer, Frank weaves in playful forays about his research trip to Moses's Newfoundland home, Frank's own childhood and family history, and a catalog of bizarre facts and lists that recall Melville's story of obsession with another deep-sea dwelling leviathan. Though Frank is armed with impressive research, what he can't know about Harvey he fictionalizes, quite explicitly, as a way of both illuminating the scene and exploring his central theme: the big, beautiful human impulse to obsess.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780871402837
0871402831
Branch Call Number: 594.58 FRANK
Characteristics: 297 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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