The lost glass plates of Wilfred Eng : a novel

by Thomas Orton

Hardcover, 1999




Washington, D.C. : Counterpoint, c1999.


A stunning first novel-morally refined, historically accurate, and ripe with mystery and intrigue . Disgraced photo dealer and art historian Robert Armour stumbles upon the long-lost glass negatives of Chinese-American photographer Wilfred Eng. The plates, nudes of a beautiful young woman taken in 1874, bring certainty to the rumor of an interracial affair between Eng and Ellen McFarland, wife of the business tycoon who was Eng's patron. Their difficult affair becomes an obsession for Armour and the backdrop for the novel as he struggles for professional redemption and love. 001 1582431264


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