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Sister Carrie
"A Strangely Strong Novel
in a Queer Milieu"
Curated by Nancy M. Shawcross
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Pennsylvania

Sarah Bernhardt


Félix Nadar
Photograph of Sarah Bernhardt
Paris, ca. 1864

Frequently she [Carrie] had considered the stage as a door through which she might enter that gilded state which she had so much craved. Now, as in Chicago, it came as a last resource in distress. Something must be done if he [Hurstwood] did not get work soon. Perhaps she would have to go out and battle again alone. . . .

They were talking at the breakfast table, a morning or two later, when she brought up the dramatic subject by saying that she saw that Sarah Bernhardt was coming to this country. Hurstwood had seen it, too.

--From Chapter XXXVII of Sister Carrie

Additional images of Sarah Bernhardt can be found in the
Philip H. Ward Collection of Theatrical Images, 1856-1910

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