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

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

Label
The apparitionists : a tale of phantoms, fraud, photography, and the man who captured Lincoln's ghost
Title
The apparitionists
Title remainder
a tale of phantoms, fraud, photography, and the man who captured Lincoln's ghost
Statement of responsibility
Peter Manseau
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A story of faith and fraud in post?Civil War America, told through the lens of a photographer who claimed he could capture images of the dead. In the early days of photography, in the death-strewn wake of the Civil War, one man seized America?s 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, including Mary Todd Lincoln, who arrived at his studio in disguise amidst rumors of s?ances in the White House. 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. It took a circus-like trial of Mumler on fraud charges, starring P. T. Barnum for the prosecution, to expose a fault line of doubt and manipulation. And even then, the judge sided with the defense?nobody ever solved the mystery of his spirit photography. This forgotten puzzle offers a vivid snapshot of America at a crossroads in its history, a nation in thrall to new technology while clinging desperately to belief."--Amazon.com
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Manseau, Peter
Dewey number
  • 133.9/2
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
BF1027.M86
LC item number
M36 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mumler, William H
  • Photographers
  • Psychics
  • Spirit photography
Label
The apparitionists : a tale of phantoms, fraud, photography, and the man who captured Lincoln's ghost, Peter Manseau
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [313]-335)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
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
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 335 pages
Isbn
9780544745971
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017018074
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn953710097
Label
The apparitionists : a tale of phantoms, fraud, photography, and the man who captured Lincoln's ghost, Peter Manseau
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [313]-335)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
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
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 335 pages
Isbn
9780544745971
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2017018074
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn953710097

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