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Images of Eva Le Gallienne: Reflections of Androgyny

  • Robert A. Schanke


Twenty years after Louis Jacques Daguerre. invented modern photography, Dion Boucicault incorporated the camera as a crucial plot device in his play, The Octoroon. When his character Salem Scudder discovers a freshly taken photograph lying by the body of a murder victim, he holds up the picture as evidence and cries: “Jacob M'Closky, ‘t was you murdered that boy! Here you are, in the very attitude of your crime….’ Tis true! The [camera] can't lie.”



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1 Quinn, Arthur Hobson, Representative American Plays, 7th edition. (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc. 1953), 393.

2 Hawthorne, Nathaniel, The House of the Seven Gables. (Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1965), 91.

3 Gallico, Paul, The Revealing Eye. (New York: Atheneum, 1967), vi, xv.

4 New York Times (15 November, 1925).

5 Eva Le Gallienne, unpublished manuscript. Civic Repertory Theatre Collection, Beinecke Library, Yale University; Interview with Eva Le Gallienne, 26 July, 1974.

6 Krutch, Joseph Wood, “Drama,” The Nation 130 (14 May, 1930): 579.

7 The Stage (December, 1932): n.p.

8 The cartoon is located in the “Lesbian Scrapbook,” p. 4. Manuscript Collection, Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, Indiana. Research has been unable to determine where this cartoon was originally published.

9 Boston Transcript (24 August, 1937).

10 New York Journal-American (8 March, 1948).

11 Interviews with Anne Kaufman Schneider, 26 April and 18 May, 1989; Interview with Ellen Burstyn, 31 July, 1989.

12 Rose, Lloyd, “Books,” New Yorker (29 June, 1992): 8586.

Images of Eva Le Gallienne: Reflections of Androgyny

  • Robert A. Schanke


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