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Description - The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer by Louis Kaplan

In the 1860s, William Mumler photographed ghosts-or so he claimed. Faint images of the dearly departed lurked in the background with the living, like his well-known photo of the recently assassinated Abraham Lincoln comforting Mary Todd. The practice came to be known as spirit photography, and some believed Mumler was channeling the dead. Skeptics, however, called it a fraudulent trick on the gullible, taking advantage of the grieving at a time of suffering and loss. Mumler's insistence that his work brought back the dead led to a sensational trial in 1869 that was the talk of the nation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816651573
ISBN-10: 0816651574
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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