QUOTATION: America never has been discovered...I myself would say that it had merely been detected.

WHERE IT APPEARED

In the book version of:

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Ch. 3

Ward, Lock & Co., 1891

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In the story the comment is made in general conversation by Erskine at a lunch given by Lady Agatha.

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Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered,' said Mr Erskine. 'I myself would say that it had merely been detected'.

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WHERE IT DID NOT APPEAR

In the earlier magazine version in:

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Lippincott's Monthly Magazine Vol. XLVI, No. 271, July [June 20] 1890, pp. 3-100.

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The quotation does not appear here as originally published in thirteen chapters.

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WHERE IT CAN ALSO BE FOUND

In a Wilde manuscript list of aphorisms, c. 1890:

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"It is a vulgar error to suppose that America was ever discovered. It was merely detected."

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Manuscript: Clark Library MS W6721M3 P576

SOURCES

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Book: Mason, 328.

Magazine: Mason, 81.

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Bibliography of Oscar Wilde

by Stuart Mason, 1914

LONDON | T. WERNER LAURIE LTD.

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Credit for the manuscript source:

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The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray : the 1890 and 1891 texts, Oxford University Press, 2005

Russell Jackson, Joseph Bristow, Ian Small

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