Oscar Wilde In America

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


New York

Academy of Music

Wednesday, February 8, 1882

The English Renaissance

See Clarification Below


Newspaper report

Buffalo Courier, February 9th, 1882

Wilde's lecture in Buffalo was a matinee, after which he caught the 6:10 PM train to Niagara (see Wilde In Niagara).

Although Wilde did not stay overnight in Buffalo, he did take a room for the day at the Tifft House.

The report of Wilde's lecture describes how he was not in evening dress for the matinee lecture so, to the disappointment of many, he was not wearing his knee-breeches.

The report also attest to Wilde's growing ability as an orator stating that he was "plainly to be seen that he was speaking largely from memory".

The report contains the full text of Wilde's lecture, and an interview with him in which he confirms that his lecture content had changed considerably by this time, and would be changed further.


Academy of Music

Main Street, Buffalo NY

Opened: October 15, 1852 (as the Metropolitan Theatre)

Name changed: for the season of 1868

Destroyed (fire): September 1, 1895


A Thespian Temple, 1893


The Tifft House *

Main Street just north of Lafayette Square. 

Built: 1863-65

Opened: 1865

Demolished: 1902

* Wilde did not stay overnight in Buffalo—this was Wilde's headquarters for the day.

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