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The inventor and the tycoon [electronic resource] : A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures. Edward Ball.

Ball, Edward. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780385535496 (electronic bk)
  • Date Published: 2013.

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Summary, etc.: From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the railroads. One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial is one of the early instances of a media sensation. His patron was railroad tycoon (and former California governor) Leland Stanford, whose particular obsession was whether four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground at once. Stanford hired Muybridge and his camera to answer that question. And between them, the murderer and the railroad mogul launched the...
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. New York : Anchor, 2013. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 23943 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB).
Subject: Nonfiction.
Biography & Autobiography.
History.
True Crime.
Genre: Electronic books.

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