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Oscar Wilde In America

oscar wilde's 1882 lecture tour of america

Albany, NY

The English Renaissance | Music Hall* | Friday, January 27, 1882

* Under review.



Newspaper interview

Boston Herald, Jan 29, 1882

Mr. Oscar Wilde arrived in Boston Saturday morning...At noon Mr. Wilde received a caller from the Herald...said Mr. Wilde; "I lectured in Albany last night, you know."


Newspaper report

Albany Evening Journal, Jan 28, 1882
The Apostle of Aestheticism

There were about two hundred people in the hall, and as Wilde stepped out on the stage unattended, a ripple of amusement passed through the audience at his appearance. He was attired in a black dress coat, double-breasted white vest, white silk necktie, black knee breeches, black silk stockings and patent leather pumps. His long hair was parted in the middle and thrown back upon his shoulders, and a smile that was 'childlike and bland' rested upon his face. He is tall, square shouldered, and rather large bodied, while his legs are long and spare. Such an appearance was well calculated to cause amusement. He immediately commenced . . . his lecture. . . . His delivery was monotonous and his voice droning, two facts that tended to make his lecture as dreary as possibly could be imagined. Many left the hall before he concluded, and those who remained to the end uttered a sigh of relief as they rose from their seats at the conclusion of the last sentence.

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As to the date, as it varies from previous itineraries

The Boston Herald newspaper verification (opposite) is dated Jan. 29th, which was a Sunday, and reports an interview that Wilde gave at noon the previous day (i.e. Saturday) after traveling over night to Boston by railroad.

In the interview Wilde states that he lectured the previous night. Thus the lecture would have been Friday January 27th.

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