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  • Correspondence
    Little Oscar and the Art of the Illustrated Letter Have you noticed how most of Victorian life appears to correspond? Everyone seems to know everyone else, and one thing usually leads to another. Well it’s the same with Victorian studies, On my agenda last week were two pieces of business: First was research into a… Continue reading Correspondence
  • Men of Letters
    The Destiny of Two of Wilde’s Friends Names like A.A. Milne and Z.Z. Top are not just at the opposite ends of the 20th century’s cultural and chronological spectrum, they are polar examples of another kind. I mean, of course, in the alphabetical use of two initials as a form of nomenclature, which, as a device, often makes for a… Continue reading Men of Letters
  • Patti in Cincinnati
    On February 20, 1882 Wilde was in Cincinnati but not to lecture. It was a stopover on his way to Louisville, KY where he lectured on the following night. Wilde did return to Cincinnati to lecture, as he had planned to do on February 23. But there was a special reason Wilde was in Cincinnati… Continue reading Patti in Cincinnati
  • Louvre Online
    The Louvre has recently digitized 482,000 works of art, but, of course, there’s only one Oscar Wilde. Here he is in that sole image from the Louvre collection, in a rarely seen caricature by the Italian and French poster art designer and painter, Leonetto Cappiello (1875–1942).
  • St. Patrick’s Day, 1882
    “A Pride I Cannot Properly Acknowledge” [Reposted] On St. Patrick’s Day 1882, during his lecture tour of north America, Oscar Wilde happened to be in St. Paul, Minnesota. He had lectured the previous evening at the Opera House on The Decorative Arts, and, on the following evening, he returned to the same venue to attended a St.Patrick’s… Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day, 1882
  • Double Take
    —Another Photo Mystery— You have probably seen both of these photographs on separate occasions over the years, and, if you’re like me, thought you had been looking at the same one—perhaps because Oscar looks about same in each. But when they are viewed together it becomes clear they are not the same photograph. Everyone has… Continue reading Double Take
  • Oscar Wilde in Sharon Springs
    Oscar Wilde in Sharon Springs, 1882—2022 One could be forgiven for thinking that an article entitled Oscar Wilde in Sharon Springs is about Oscar Wilde in Sharon Springs, meaning his lecture there on August 11, 1882—not an unreasonable assumption. But latterly such a conclusion would be only half right, because earlier this year the spirit… Continue reading Oscar Wilde in Sharon Springs
  • Carroll Beckwith
    A NEW CHARACTER IN THE WILDE STORY —by John Cooper and Erik Ryding— Sarony photograph #19 must have been a favorite of Wilde’s as it is almost certainly the one he was referring to when, in March 1882, he wrote to his tour promoter, Richard D’Oyly Carte, to suggest that a lithograph of himself would… Continue reading Carroll Beckwith
  • Beardsley 150
    Aubrey Beardsley sesquicentennial While Beardsley’s brief career was cut short aged 25 by his death from tuberculosis, he made an impact as a brilliant and daring innovator who often caused controversy by using satirical imagery to push gender and sexual boundaries. On view at the Grolier Club in New York City from September 8 through… Continue reading Beardsley 150
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For the detailed record of Oscar Wilde’s visits to America you can visit the separate documentary archive web site. In the world of Wilde scholarship there exists much historical information relating to his time in America: works, ephemera, photographs, quotations, interviews, and more which are collected on this web site.


Both this blog and the web site were created by John Cooper based on over 30 years of private study and countless hours in libraries and online since 2002. He is solely responsible for all original research, writing, editing, and web design.

This information has been used by scholars, institutions, and the media around the world and is the largest online resource on the life and times of Oscar Wilde.

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