From Lynn Sherr, former ABC Correspondent:
Sept. 12 2012. “Loved it. A really, really terrific read. Congratulations! No kidding -- the characters are wonderful (albeit not very lovable) and I hung on every turn of the tale. That you have set it in my very favorite period of American history is something else again -- loved all the America-on-the-move references; adored learning more about the terrible Mr. Stanford; and was fascinated by the intricacies of the photo biz. And of course, how very nice that it winds up in Philly -- fyi, I think that a photograph I have of me at about 2 with my father and sister was taken at Horticultural Hall. The Centennial was a very cool thing.

“It's really good, Bob -- and you've done a spectacular job of making me care about Edward M. And, as noted, wanting to hiss every time Gov Stanford came on stage. Wow.”


Bob's Blog

October 1, 2012

Tags: Why I Wrote my New Novel, "Moments Captured."

This Blog will offer 10 of the reasons why I wrote my new novel, Moments Captured. Bob’s Blog #1, the week of 1 October.

1 I was deeply intrigued by the difficulty of capturing motion, an issue that preoccupied many gifted late 19th century photographers and painters, (more…)

Selected Works

A review of Seidman's "Moments Captured" that appeared in "Curled Up with a Good Book" in early December 2012
There are indelible characters, both historical and fictional: the tireless experimenter Muybridge; the impassioned feminist Holly Hughes, a gifted dancer and strong-minded feminist; Denise Faveraux, Holly’s friend and sometime companion, a prostitute with a fast ironic mind and the hard-won knowledge of how to protect herself from the profession’s worst nightmare, disease; Leland Stanford, the master builder California ex-Governor whose transcontinental ambitions conflict with Holly’s commitment to female equality; Jacques Fauconier, the flamboyant self-assured French sometime lover of Holly; Samuel Montague, the ingenious chief engineer of the Central Pacific who provides Muybridge with the decisive element in his quest to capture the trotting horse; Collis Ward, Stanford’s sneaky snaky assistant; Thomas Alva Edison, the brilliant inventor/promoter who cleverly cashes in on Muybridge’s motion picture project. There are cameo appearances by historical/fictional individuals, including the photographer Matthew Brady, the painter Jean-Leon Gerome and Walt Whitman. A teeming, multitudinous canvas, as crammed with life and conflict as the Gilded Age itself.
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