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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

Napoleon Sarony

Before his death in 1896, Sarony was one of the most prolific theatrical photographers of his day. The three photographs displayed below are examples of his work, while the letter indicates that financial stability did not come easily in his business. In his letter to Ada Rehan, Sarony asks her to intercede for him regarding a payment from the renowned playwright and theatrical manager Augustin Daly, who is mentioned not only in Chapter XVI as the author of Under the Gaslight but also in Chapter XXXV of Sister Carrie: "Daly was producing King Lear.'"

Napoleon Sarony
Photographs of Mary Anderson [left] and Mrs. Patrick Campbell [right]




Napoleon Sarony
Photograph of Ada Rehan

Napoleon Sarony
Autograph letter signed to Ada Rehan
New York, 1890s
At last her picture appeared in one of the weeklies. She had not known of it, and it took her breath. "Miss Carrie Madenda," it was labelled. "One of the favourites of The Wives of Abdul' company." At Lola's advice she had had some pictures taken by Sarony.

From Chapter XLIII of Sister Carrie

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

Additional images of Mrs. Patrick Campbell can be found in the
Philip H. Ward Collection of Theatrical Images, 1856-1910

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

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