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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

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Fort Wayne Daily Gazette February 15th, 1882

On the eve of Wilde's lecture in Fort Wayne, IN, the daily newspapers reflected the anticipation.

In this example the City News section of the Fort Wayne Daily Gazette (opposite) Oscar is mentioned in its first and last items.

Sandwiched in between are various news items that remind us that not much has changed since Oscar's time. Policemen were still arresting drunks; young men were still eager to marry, and little boys still found themselves into trouble with mama. Oh, and thankfully the sun rose and set every day.

Perhaps a discordant note was struck, however, with the news that in those days all the trains were on time.

© John Cooper

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