Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer

Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer

by Matthew Gavin Frank

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Overview

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Shelf Awareness

Memory, mythology, and obsession collide in this “slyly charming” (New York Times Book Review) account of the giant squid.


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631490569
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 06/29/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,070,646
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of The Mad Feast and Preparing the Ghost, which was reviewed on the front-page of the New York Times Book Review. He teaches creative writing and lives in Marquette, Michigan.

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