The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer

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U of Minnesota Press, 2008 - Photography - 264 pages
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In the 1860s, William Mumler photographed ghostsa 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. Mumlera 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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My first paranormal book written and researched by someone out of the field but by a history and theory of photography professor. (book could have used some illustrations of the camera, and the ... Read full review

Contents

GHOSTLY DEVELOPMENTS
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THE BEGINNINGS 18621863
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SPIRITUAL PHOTOGRAPHY 1866
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The Personal Experiences of William H Mumler In SpiritPhotography 1875
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THE MUMLER SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPH CASE 1869
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THE TRIAL 1869
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DECONSTRUCTION PSYCHOANALYSIS AND THE SPECTERS OF MUMLER
211
NOTES
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INDEX
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