Web Site Upgrade

We are approaching the end of Summer so I have returned to the Blog, and will continue posting in the near future. Please remember to join the conversation by having your say in the ‘Leave a Reply‘ section at the bottom of each post.

In the meantime, I have not been idle in my Oscaring. Web standards are constantly changing, so I have taken the opportunity to upgrade my documentary archive at Oscar Wilde In America:

www.oscarwildeinamerica.org

The archive is based on 30 years of private study and countless hours in libraries and online since 2002—and I am personally responsible for all original research, writing, editing, and web design.

It importantly contains for the first time, an accurate verification of the dates, venues, and lecture titles of Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour of North America in 1882, although these pages are not yet complete nor upgraded.

The site 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 in America. The entire project was created without funding, and is freely provided and noncommercial.

Typographical errata are welcome to info@oscarwildeinamercia.org

John Cooper, September 2018.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a independent scholar who has spent 30 years in the study of Oscar Wilde. He is a long-standing member of the Oscar Wilde Society, a founding member of the Oscar Wilde Society of America, and a former manager of the Victorian Society In America. For the last 20 years Cooper has specialised in Wilde’s 1882 lecture tour becoming a consultant on Wilde’s American experience to biographers and the wider media. Cooper lectures on Wilde and has conducted new and unique research into Oscar Wilde visits to New York culminating in a guided walking tour. Online he is a popular blogger and the creator of the noncommercial archive 'Oscar Wilde in America’ which incorporates his work on the Sarony photographs, and a detailed documentary verification of Wilde’s American lecture tour. In 2012 Cooper rediscovered Wilde's essay The Philosophy Of Dress that forms the centerpiece to his book Oscar Wilde On Dress (2013).

One thought on “Web Site Upgrade”

  1. Hi John. I visited the site yesterday and noticed the new look. Good stuff!

    I also think the page about the last 4 Sarony photos is new. Either way, very interesting. As I was reading it I was thinking it makes sense given that (if I’m right) Wilde returned to Wirtz’s before his intended farewell lecture, so maybe this is his “mouse coloured” suit. I can’t recall if there is any evidence that Wilde accompanied Langtry for her sitting with Sarony, but maybe that was a good opportunity for the new photos to be taken. I also wondered if that wide-brimmed hat could be the same kind worn by the Leadville miners, although in the cartoon of Wilde on stage with the miners’ boots used as vases the hat does look quite different: not sure how accurate that cartoon is, though.

    Anyway, thanks for continuing to improve the site.
    Rob Marland

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