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Oscar Wilde In America

oscar wilde's 1882 lecture tour of america

Springfield, IL

The Decorative Arts | (Chatterton) Opera House | Monday, February 27, 1882*

* After this date, Wilde traveled night and day on February 27/28 arriving at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Chicago, IL, before beginning the next leg of his tour in Dubuque, IA, on March 1. This was the following day as 1882 was not a leap year.



Newspaper report

The Chicago Tribune, Mar 1, 1882 p.7 col. 1.

Oscar Wilde...arrived from...Springfield, Ill., where he lectured Monday evening.



Newspaper interview

"Oscar As He Is" St. Louis Republican, Feb 26 1882, 13

Mr. Wilde stated before the reporter took his leave that he would lecture in Springfield Monday.
[i.e. the following day]

verification as to venue

Newspaper listing

New York Dramatic Mirror


(Chatterton) Opera House [1]
Sixth and Jefferson Streets (SE corner), Springfield, IL

Opened: 1866 (as Rudolph Opera House)
Mostly destroyed (fire): March 17, 1876
Rebuilt: 1876—79
Reopened: Sept. 10, 1879 (as Chatterton Opera House)
Closed: May 13, 1924 (later condemned as unsafe and replaced by the Orpheum Theatre 1927—1965)


[1] Played host to Mrs. Langtry, Lillian Russell, Edwin Booth, Rose Coghlan, William F. Cody, Adelina Patti, et al

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