Oscar Wilde In America

DETAiled verification of Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour of North America

Oscar Wilde’s lecture Tour Of America, 1882

A Comparison with Previously Chronologies

In attempting a verified list of Wilde lectures in America, scholars are fortunate in having four major published versions to date, as follows:


Mikhail, E. H., ed. Oscar Wilde: Interviews and Recollections.  2 vols. London: MacMillan, 1979.

Ellmann, Richard. Oscar Wilde. London: Hamish Hamilton; New York: Knopf, 1987.

Page, Norman. An Oscar Wilde Chronology. Houndmills: MacMillian; Boston: G. K. Hall, 1991. [re-prints and credits Ellmann but differs in two respects]

Beckson, Karl E., ed. The Oscar Wilde Encyclopedia. New York: AMS Press, 1998.

Unfortunately, none of these previous itineraries agrees with any other and each is wrong in several respects. Therefore, in addition to the verified list on this web site, below is a side-by-side comparison to demonstrate the evolution of scholarship and as a frame of reference.

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