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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

San Francisco, CA

The House Beautiful and The Decorative Arts* | Platt's hall | Saturday, April 1, 1882

The sixth of ten consecutive lectures in California. The third of four in San Francisco.

* Special matinee lecture for ladies.



Newspaper item

San Francisco Chronicle, April 2, 1882



Newspaper Advertisement

San Francisco Chronicle, March 31, 1882


historical note

Platt's Hall
216 Montgomery Street, east side, just north of Bush Street, San Francisco, CA

Opened: August 6, 1860 (Henry B. Platt, contractor and proprietor)
Demolished: 1890



Wilde's base while in California was The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. See special feature below.


The Palace Hotel

pxAmbroseBierce18921007Ambrose Bierce

The Wasp, March 31, 1882

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842—c. 1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. The day before Wilde's lecture he published this bitter attack of Wilde (opposite) in his column entitled "Prattle".

The fact that many people today might ask "Ambrose who?" suggests that he was on the wrong side of history about Wilde, and the relentlessness of his polemic, particularly on the eve of Wilde's special lecture to a female audience, probably says more about his own prejudices than it does about Oscar Wilde.

However, what he said is worth recording as it is, as Karl Beckson has described it, "unparalleled as an example of creative vituperation".


The Modern Messiah


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