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Oscar Wilde’s After-Dinner Rebuke to his Press Critics

Rewritten in 2019 for the Oscar Wilde Society newsletter. For membership go to: oscarwildesociety.co.uk/membership/

It is pleasing to see that recent Wilde studies continue to highlight the emergent nature of Oscar’s American experience, during which time he nurtured the art of public speaking, conducted his first press interviews, staged his first play, had his iconic photographs taken, and stockpiled—to use an American word—material for his future epigrams and works.

But there is a crucial American beginning for Oscar that has been under-appreciated: I refer to his first brush with literary society. It occurred during an event at 149 Fifth Avenue in New York City, the then home of an organisation of journalists known as the Lotos Club.

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Oscar Wilde Visits Two U.S. Prisons

Ever on the lookout for notable incidents from Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour of 1882, I bring to your attention to the hitherto unnoticed occurrence of Oscar’s visits to TWO American state prisons within the space of three days.

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As I noted on this page, Oscar Wilde visited the State Penitentiary near Lincoln, Nebraska on the day of his lecture there on April 24, 1882. This event was picked up by the Paris Review in a recent article in which they said it was “the first time Oscar Wilde saw the inside of a prison”. I can now correct that assertion by two days.

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