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Preparing the Ghost : An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer
by Matthew Gavin Frank


Overview - In 1874, Moses Harvey eccentric Newfoundland reverend and amateur naturalist was the first person to photograph the near-mythic giant squid, draping it over his shower curtain rod to display its magnitude. In Preparing the Ghost, what begins as Harvey s story becomes spectacularly slippery and many-armed (NewYorker.com) as Matthew Gavin Frank winds his narrative tentacles around history, creative nonfiction, science, memoir, and meditations about the interrelated nature of them all.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In 1874, Moses Harvey eccentric Newfoundland reverend and amateur naturalist was the first person to photograph the near-mythic giant squid, draping it over his shower curtain rod to display its magnitude. In Preparing the Ghost, what begins as Harvey s story becomes spectacularly slippery and many-armed (NewYorker.com) as Matthew Gavin Frank winds his narrative tentacles around history, creative nonfiction, science, memoir, and meditations about the interrelated nature of them all. In his full-hearted, lyrical style, Frank weaves in playful forays about his trip to Harvey s Newfoundland home, his own childhood and family history, and a catalog of peculiar facts that recall Melville s story of obsession with another deep-sea dwelling leviathan. Totally original and haunting (Flavorwire), Preparing the Ghost is a delightfully unpredictable inquiry into the big, beautiful human impulse to obsess."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781631490569
  • ISBN-10: 1631490567
  • Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 320


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