Moments Captured by Robert J. Seidman
A Novel

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Moments Captured is the captivating story of two indelible individuals and a shattering murder in latenineteenth-century San Francisco. An epic saga of young America flexing its muscle, it is roughly based on the life of the great photographer Edward Muybridge. Crossing the country with his camera and outsized ambition, Muybridge meets the emancipated young dancer Holly Hughes, and inexorably she becomes the true focus of his life- though a corrupt robber baron interested in Muybridge's talent for technology comes between them.

Through Seidman's finely drawn prose, we witness nation-building on a colossal scale, along with the politics of wile, greed, and seduction. With an intense love affair at its center and a true-to-life narrative of art and technology, this novel brings to life one of the most picaresque settings in American history.

About Robert J. Seidman

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Robert J. Seidman's first novel, One Smart Indian, was published to acclaim in 1979. He is co-author of Ulysses Annotated. Seidman's film credits include Lush Life: Billy Strayhorn, a documentary that won the Writers' Guild Award for Best Documentary Script, a George Foster Peabody Award, and an Emmy. He lives in New York City.
Published October 25, 2012 by Overlook. 373 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yet the romance at the core of the book never quite resonates, as both Muybridge and Hughes come off as stock characters—he’s brilliant and impulsive, she’s outspoken and sexually free—and the sex scenes are a bit clumsy (she’s a “warm pleasure-giving, pleasure-taking vessel filled to the brim”).

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In this well-researched but plodding novel, Seidman (One Smart Indian) attempts to dramatize the life of Edward Muybridge (1830–1904), who pioneered capturing motion in stop-action photographs.

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Pouring explosive liquids over the fragile photographic plate, jiggling the bulky glass around so the chemical is evenly coated, Muybridge is in the midst of photographing a stretch of the Central Pacific Railroad, called by its president––the former California governor and senator Leland Stanfor...

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Novelist and filmmaker Seidman (One Smart Indian) attempts to dramatize the eclectic, emotional, and eccentric life of Edward Muybridge (1830-1904), the pioneer of capturing motion in stop-action photographs as well as noted landscape photographer of Yosemite Valley and other stunning venues. In ...

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