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Sumner 1798-1998 Portrait of a Small Maine Town

Healy, George R. & Silber, Mark

ISBN 10: 0966582608 / ISBN 13: 9780966582604
Published by Penmor Lithographers, Lewiston, ME, 1998
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Faint signs of wear. Overall a lovely copy with a wonderful collection of photographs and interviews celebrating the bicentennial of the town. Bookseller Inventory # 000158

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Title: Sumner 1798-1998 Portrait of a Small Maine ...

Publisher: Penmor Lithographers, Lewiston, ME

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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Sumner 200 is an unique treatment of a town history, using historical, anthropological, and photodocumentary approaches. The first part of the book has a historical essay by historian George Healy. It is accompanied by vintage photographs of the area and its people. The second part consists of eighty-five interviews with area residents. The interviews probe how people feel about living in a small , rural town in its transition from an agricultural community to a suburb of a small city. The interviews also touch on the lives of people who are as young as six years old to those who are in their late nineties, evoking everyday experiences as well as memories of the past. It is a fascinating an provocative portrait. People reading this book one hundred years hence will savor its frankness and breadth. The interviews are accompanied by black and white documentary photographs, sometimes of the people interviewed, sometimes of the whole groups representing organizations and families of the town. The photographs have been compared by reviewers to work of Walker Evans and Richard Avedon. This book would be of interest to historians, social scientists (anthropologists sociologists, oral historians, folklorists) and documentary photographers.

About the Author:

George Healy is a retired academic historian who has taught at MIT, Bates College and William and Mary. Mark Silber is an Anthropologist, a documentary photographer, an editor and an author of several books, including those published by David R. Godine Publishers, Sierra Club, Doubleday, and Alfred A. Knopf.

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