Lillie Langtry’s Autograph

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Piecing together history: Oscar Wilde’s mail arrives.

In preparing my recent posting about Oscar Wilde and his lecture in Bloomington during the local council drainage meeting (which, incidentally has been replumbed to new depths under the title The Dilemma of Movements (so please reread), I was reminded that Wilde once wrote a letter from Bloomington. A moment’s research led to a minor historical jigsaw.

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The Dilemma of Movements

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Oscar Wilde’s lecture and the Bloomington council meeting: a draining experience for all concerned.

Local councillors in Bloomington, IL had a committee meeting arranged for the evening of March 10, 1882, so when Oscar Wilde was announced for the same date it was always going to be a tough choice: whether to attend the reported tedium of Oscar’s aesthetic lecture on art decoration, or continue in consideration of the town drainage—which was a pressing agendum that evening.

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