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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

Oakland, CA

The Decorative Arts | Armory Hall (Oakland Light Cavalry) | Wednesday, March 30, 1882



Newspaper Report

Oakland Tribune, March 31, 1882


See also clarification about lecture titles.


Newspaper Advertisement

Oakland Tribune, March 29, 1882, p.2


historical note

Armory Hall (Oakland Light Calvary)
Corner of Twelfth and Washington Streets, Oakland, CA


No further information.


Wilde's base while in California was The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. See special feature below.


The Palace Hotel

Reception afterwards

Oakland Tribune, March 28, 1882, 2

William Dallam Armes (1860-1918)


At the age of 22 (Class of 1882) Armes was described by the campus newspaper as the brilliant young local apostle of Wilde, and he duly served as host when Oscar toured the Berkeley campus on March 30, 1882; later the two men dined in Armes' rented rooms in Oakland. Armes' autograph book contains an manuscript copy by Oscar Wilde of his poem Requiescat, April 6, 1882, [San Francisco].

Armes later joined the faculty and remained at Berkeley until his death, serving as Associate Professor of American Literature in the English Department. For many years he directed the music and drama program at the Greek Theatre, and he amassed a world-class collection of Japanese prints, which he bequeathed to the University.

The Blue and Gold [yearbook of the University of California, Berkeley] for 1899 includes this odd reference: "The following was told by Prof. Armes of himself: 'When I was six [years] of age, I stood in a corner and wept copiously, because I had not been born a girl, and,' he added, 'I have never gotten over my disappointment, even to this day.'"

Source: Gay Bears: Hidden History of Berkeley Campus

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