E.H. Sothern

Actor E.H. Sothern
Photograph by Napoleon Sarony

E.H. Sothern

Known primarily for his renditions of Shakespearean characters, Sothern was a versatile actor, born in New Orleans and educated in England, where he intended to become a painter. He made his New York debut in 1879 and became a member of Daniel Frohman's Lyceum Theater Company.

Sothern found success playing in Lord Chumley (1888) and The Prisoner of Zenda (1895). In Chapter 32 of Sister Carrie, the Vances say that they are going to see Sothern in Chumley but the sequence of events seems to suggest that this would be closer to the time when he would have been playing in Prisoner. Dreiser may have taken liberty in alluding to Sothern's more famous production.

Sothern's autobiography, The Melancholy Tale of "Me", was published in 1916.

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