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Books Sandwiched In

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The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost by Peter Mansea

In the early days of photography in the wake of the Civil War, “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, although still eventually accused of fraud (P. T. Barnum served as the prosecution). To this day, no one has been able to solve the mystery of Mumler’s spirit photography. This "rare work of historical nonfiction” -- Publishers Weekly, was one of the magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2017, as well as an NPR Best Book of 2017.

Reviewer: Heather Shannon, Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at the George Eastman Museum.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
12:12pm - 12:52pm
Central - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Central Library
  Subject - Book Talk/Review  

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