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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

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Toronto, ON

The Decorative Arts | Grand Opera House | Thursday, May 25, 1882

Wilde's first lecture in Toronto.

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Newspaper Listing

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 26, 1882

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Newspaper Listing

The New York Mirror , c. June 1882

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Newspaper Report

The Toronto Globe , May 26, 1882

"The audience listened very attentively throughout..."

Quoted in Oscar Wilde in Canada, Kevin O'Brien, 1882

Correction

Complete Letters * (p172) says Wilde lectured this day in the Art Schools at Toronto. However, based on several newspapers reports of Wilde movements, Kevin O'Brien in Oscar Wilde in Canada (1882) appears to be correct that Wilde only chatted informally with students at the Institution Exhibition.

* Holland, Merlin and and Hart-Davis, Rupert, Eds. The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, London: Fourth Estate; New York: Henry Holt, 2000.

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Location of the Grand Opera House at 11 Adelaide Street West, (south side between Yonge and Bay Streets, now 40 King Street West)

—Miles' Atlas, 1878—

historical note

Grand Opera House
11 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON (south side between Yonge and Bay Streets, now 40 King Street West)

Opened: 1874
Seating: 1750
Partially destroyed (fire): 1879 and rebuilt
Demolished: 1927

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Accommodation

Queen's Hotel
NE corner of Front and York Streets, Toronto, ON (now 100 Front Street West)

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Original residential buildings: 1844
Buildings combined: 1856 (Sword’s Hotel)
Expanded until: 1862 (Queen's Hotel)
Closed: September 10, 1927
Demolished: 1927
Replaced by: The Royal York Hotel (opened June 11, 1929, extant)

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