QUOTATION: America whose youth is now one of her oldest and most hallowed traditions.

WHERE IT APPEARED

In a literary review by Wilde, originally uncredited.

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'Australian Poets' in Pall Mall Gazette, Vol. XLVIII, No. 7409, December, 14th, 1888, PP 2-3

Mason 214

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WHERE IT REAPPEARED

In the play:

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A Woman of No Importance, 1894. Act 1.

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KELVIL. I am afraid you don't appreciate America, Lord Illingworth. It is a very remarkable country, especially considering its youth.

LORD ILLINGWORTH. The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years. To hear them talk one would imagine they were in their first childhood. As far as civilisation goes they are in their second.

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Mason 364. 

Bibliography of Oscar Wilde

by Stuart Mason, 1914

LONDON | T. WERNER LAURIE LTD.

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Commentary

‘Youth’ refers to the age of the country not its young people.

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