Oscar Wilde in New York City Walking Tour

Join historian John Cooper for an exploration of Gilded Age New York City and the people and places Oscar Wilde visited during his wildly popular 1882 lecture tour.

New York, New York

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Did Oscar Wilde really say to New York Customs "I have nothing to declare except my genius"? Did you know that most of the surviving photos of Wilde were taken right in Union Square? In 1882, before he had written his famous plays (or much of anything but a few poems), Oscar Wilde was already a self-made celebrity. He toured North American lecturing on Aestheticism, visiting cities, towns, and even a remote frontier mining camp, but ultimately spent more time in New York than in any other North American city. John Cooper has spent decades researching Oscar Wilde with particular focus on his time in New York City.

Mr. Cooper is a long-standing member of the Oscar Wilde Society in London, a prominent member of the Oscar Wilde Society of America, the former Business Manager of the Victorian Society In America, the moderator of the Oscar Wilde Internet discussion group at Yahoo, and a contributor to Oscholars, the Oscar Wilde academic journal.


02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Meet on the northeast corner of Madison Square Park at 26th Street and Madison Avenue
Madison Avenue
New York, New York, USA

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