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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

New York, NY

The Decorative Arts* | Wallack's Theatre | Thursday, May 11, 1882 (afternoon)

* For the evolution of this lecture see Lecture Titles


historical note

Wallack's Theatre
30th Street and Broadway, New York City, NY (now 1220 Broadway)



Construction: commenced: May 21, 1881
Dedicated: January 4, 1882
Developer: Lester Wallack
Architect: George A. Freeman, Jr.

Changed name: 1888 (Palmer's Theatre)
Name restored: December 7, 1896
Closed: May 1, 1915
Demolished: 1915
Replaced by: an eight-story factory building (since demolished)

There have been four theaters in New York with this name. For chronology see: Wallack's Theatre


Grand Hotel
SE corner of 31st Street and Broadway (now 1232-1238 Broadway, New York City, NY)

Built: 1868 (Henry Engelbert, architect)

Wilde arrived back in New York from the West on or about the evening of May 8th. He was interviewed by The New York World at the Grand Hotel before leaving to lecture in Freehold, NJ.

As Wilde was interviewed at the Grand, had stayed there at least once previously when passing through the city, and now spent some time in and around New York before leaving for Canada, it is likely that he again stayed at the Grand on this occasion. He also wrote a note from there dated May 11 to Anne Lynch Botta declining an invitation.


The Grand Hotel (extant) was adjacent to Wallack's Theatre


This was Oscar second of three lectures in New York City; the others were his first and last lectures of the tour.

He also lectured on two occasions in Brooklyn, NY., one in February, and one the day after this lecture in New York.


Newspaper Report

The Sun (New York), May 12, 1882



Newspaper Advertisement

The New York Times, May 10, 1882


This was not, in fact, a farewell lecture as stated.

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