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Oscar Wilde In America

oscar wilde's 1882 lecture tour of america

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Boston, MA

The English Renaissance | Music Hall | Tuesday, January 31, 1882

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Newspaper report

The Lowell Daily Courier, Feb 2, 1882

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verification

Newspaper report

The Paterson Weekly Press, Feb 2, 1882, 2


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Indication

Letter (from Dion Boucicault)

To Mrs George Lewis
January 29, 1882, Boston (MS Bodley Head)

On Tuesday he lectures here.

Letters,  p.135

historical note

This was the lecture where about 60 Harvard freshmen occupied the front rows dressed to imitate their aesthetic lecturer.

Wilde looked around the hall and said: "Save me from my disciples!"

Harvard Crimson, Feb 1, 1882

historical note

Music Hall
Music Hall Place, off Winter Street, Boston, MA (now 1 Hamilton Place off Tremont Street)

Built:1852
Closed: 1900, converted for vaudeville (Orpheum Theater)
Substantially rebuilt: 1915 as a movie theater (The Orpheum, building extant)

accommodation

Vendome Hotel
SW corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA

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Built: 1871 (William G. Preston, architect)
Sold: 1879
Expanded: 1881-82 (J.F. Ober, architect)
Sold: 1971, renovated
Partially destroyed (fire): June 17, 1972*
Subsequently rebuilt: extant as an office and condominium complex

* In terms of loss of life, the Vendome fire is the worst fire-fighting disaster in Boston history. Nine fire-fighters died when a 40-by-45 foot section of wall collapsed burying a ladder truck (Ladder 15) and 17 firefighters beneath a two-story pile of debris.

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