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Oscar Wilde In America

oscar wilde's 1882 lecture tour of america

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Rochester, NY

The English Renaissance | Grand Opera House | Tuesday, February 7, 1882

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Newspaper report

Utica Weekly Herald, February 14, 1882

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Newspaper article

Regret for the riotous behavior

Rochester Union and Advertiser, February 8th, 1882
 

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Newspaper listing

The Daily News , (Batavia, NY) February 4th, 1882

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As to subject

In an interview with Wilde printed in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, February 8th, 1882, 4, the lecture subject is cited as The English Renaissance. See Itinerary Note [2]

It was also in this interview that Wilde alluded to ruins and curiosities originally being used in connection with Charles Dickens. See Quotations.

historical note

Grand Opera House
S. St. Paul Street (later South Avenue)
Rochester, NY

Designed: John Rochester Thomas
Opened: 1871
Destroyed (fire): February 19th, 1891

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The architect of the
Rochester Grand Opera House
was named Rochester.

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The New York Times, February 20th, 1891

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Wilde's hotel in Rochester.

Elevators as modern but they had been in use in America since the 1850s.

[Not to be confused with the later and larger hotel of the same name.]

Source: Rochester Museum & Science Center.

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