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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

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Features

—An Illustrated Chronology

loveagonyCaricature

Pre-tour cartoons of Wilde as aesthetic, and even in this case androgynous, helped to established a curiosity to see him.

ariadne1Hyperbole

Contemporary cartoon depicting Aestheticism personified bidding a sad adieu to Wilde's ship setting sail to America.

chickeringannouncementAnnouncing

Printed announcement of Wilde's first lecture in America.

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A fragment of Wilde's manuscript notes for his first lecture: The English Renaissance.

ChickeringHallBeginning

Where Oscar Wilde gave his first lecture in America.

kelly1Posing

Early drawing and bas-relief made of Wilde while he was in New York, in January 1882.

StrikeMeSunflowerParody I

Comic verse about Oscar and the aesthetic movement.

waltwhitmanMeeting

Wilde meets Walt Whitman in January, 1882.

ToWhitmanLetters

A page from Wilde's letter to Walt Whitman written shortly after he had met him in February, 1882.

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Wilde on the lecture platform in 1882 as imagined by Max Beerbohm many years later.

NiagaraNYHFeb10Curiosity

Owing to public curiosity, the press closely monitored Wilde's movements. Here his visit to Niagara is reported.

fortwaynedailygazetteamusingcitynewsanticipation

The arrival of Oscar Wilde was much anticipated in every town his visited. Here he is listed twice among daily news events.

chicagowatertowerOpining

Wilde was not afraid to express his opinions; indeed doing so was part of his desire for notoriety. Here he upsets Chicagoans with his comments about their water tower.

musichall1879engravingFeted

Wilde was treated like a celebrity wherever he went and was taken to the finest places. In Cincinnati he visited the opera.

cloverIrishness

Although Wilde was mistakenly referred to as English, he took the opportunity to express his patriotism to his Irish artistic heritage on St Patrick's Day 1882.

keatsKeats

One of many memorable experiences Wilde had in America was meeting the niece of his favorite poet and receiving from her a wonderful gift.

AdelinaPattiPatti

Wilde visits the opera and meets the famous Italian diva.

boyds1882Midwest

After lecturing in the larger East coast cities, Wilde reached America's Midwest, which was still a place of frontier development.

BootsNastParody II

The ridicule of Wilde's pose that had begun in Britain continued in America.

NEvaluated

One journalist's opinion.

loco2MastodonTraveling

Wilde traveled many thousands of miles by train during his lecture tour. The longest single journey was across country to California.

waspParody III

Wilde arrives in San Francisco.

CityHall01Verifying

One question of where Wilde lectured.

PH1880sResiding

Wilde usually stayed at the best hotel in town. San Francisco was no exception.

JumboOscar1Jumbo

Wilde was not the only curiosity in America in 1882—there was also a certain elephant. Here they are combined with Oscar exerting an aesthetic influence.

Puck2531111882Parody IV

An aesthetically Wildean future for America as imagined by Puck magazine.

samoscarfrankleslieVacationing

A meeting at the beach casts a long shadow.

OscarWildeinyorkvillentytribuneDiscovery

A recently discovered final lecture in New York.

judgecopyDeparting

Mixed opinions and still caricatured.

punch1Beauty's Lisping Parasite

Punch magazine's reference to Wilde and the penchant for lecture tours.

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