The Apparitionists

A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost
Product Number: EB00679535
Released: Oct 10, 2017
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ISBN: #9780544745988
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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 lost loved ones alongside his living subjects. At a time when artists like Mathew Brady were remaking American culture with their cameras, Mumler was a sensation: the affluent and influential came calling, including Mary Todd Lincoln. It took a circuslike 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's stunning verdict suggested no one would ever solve the mystery of how Mumler did it. This forgotten puzzle offers a vivid snapshot of America at a crossroads in its history, a nation in thrall to new technology while grasping desperately for something to believe in.

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Author(s): Peter Manseau
Original Publish Date: Oct 10, 2017

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Author(s): Peter Manseau
Narrator(s): Jefferson Mays
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