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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

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Wilmington, NC*

The Decorative Arts | Opera House | Saturday, July 8, 1882

* Not Wilmington, DE, as recorded in previous itineraries.

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Newspaper Report

The Morning Star (Wilmington, NC), July 9, 1882, 1

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The Daily Review (Wilmington, NC), July 9, 1882, 4

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The Morning Star (Wilmington, NC), July 8, 1882, 1

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The Morning Star (Wilmington, NC), July 6, 1882, 1

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historical note

Opera House
Corner of Third and Princess Streets, Wilmington, NC (now 310 Chestnut Street, Wilmington, NC 28401)

Built: 1855-1858 (John Montague Trimble, architect)
Design: a multi-use building to house the town government, the library, and an auditorium known as Thalian Hall
Opened: April, 1858
Seating: 1000 increasing to 1600
Name change: 1867: the Opera House
Name change: c. 1909: Academy of Music
Restored: 1973-75
Expanded: 1988-90
Today: a performing arts complex known again as Thalian Hall


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ACCOMMODATION

Purcell House
Front Street, between Market and Princess Streets, Wilmington, NC

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Menu 1881

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The Daily Review (Wilmington, NC), July 11, 1882, 1

Biographical Note

Charles Manly Stedman who dined with Wilde in Wilmington (above) had served in the 44th North Carolina Infantry during the Civil War on the Confederate side, and was a 41 year-old lawyer when he met Wilde. He became a long-serving Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina's 5th district, and carried his memories of Wilde well into the new century: he died in 1930, aged 89.

Not to be confused with Edmund Clarence Stedman, the Connecticut poet and critic who had snubbed Wilde while working as a journalist in New York.

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