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Oscar Wilde In America

oscar wilde's 1882 lecture tour of america

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Omaha, NE

The Decorative Arts | Boyd's Opera House | Tuesday, March 21, 1882

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Newspaper Report

The Omaha Daily Bee, March 22, 1882, p.1

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Newspaper item

The Chicago Tribune, March 22, 1882

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The social art club

Wilde's lecture in Omaha was arranged under the auspices of the Social Art Club.


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The Omaha Daily Bee, March 10, 1882, 8

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‪Omaha‬: ‪The Gate City, and Douglas County, Nebraska‬, Volume 1, ‪Arthur Cooper Wakeley‬, ‪S.J. Clarke Publishing Company‬, 1917 - ‪Douglas County, NE

DEPARTS OMAHA—the tour continues

Wilde left Omaha on March 22, 1882, the day after his lecture. The journey to the west coast would take four days.

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The Omaha Daily Bee, March 23, 1882, p.1

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The Record-Union (Sacramento, California) March 23, 1882, 1

historical note

Boyd's Opera House
Northeast corner of 15th and Farnam Streets, Omaha, NE

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Built: 1880-81 (James E. Boyd)
Opened: October 24, 1881 (the opera La Mascotte by the Templeton company)
Seating: 1700
Destroyed (fire): October 1893
Replaced in use: 1891 by the second Boyd's Opera House at 17th and Harney Streets (sold in 1914 to be used as retail space)

Related:
Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska

Cowboys and Indians

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History of Omaha from the Pioneer Days to the Present Time, ‪
Alfred Rasmus Sorenson
‪Gibson, Miller & Richardson, Printers‬, 1889, Omaha, NE-

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Withnell Building
Southwest corner of 15th and Harney Streets, Omaha, NE

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Built: 1868 with subsequent various use:

1868-c.1878:
Government Army offices (Department of the Platte)
pictured in 1876

c.1878-October 1882:
Withnell House (Kitchen Brothers)

1884-c. 1890:
Omaha Daily Herald newspaper offices (Gibson, Miller & Richardson)

1887:
Newspaper and building purchased by John A. McShane

1890:
Demolished (replaced by Creighton Hall, and later the Orpheum)

WILDE LETTER

Wilde wrote from the Withnell Hotel to his manager about his tour schedule. The letter is on hotel stationery and survives at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Snippet: Holland, Merlin and and Hart-Davis, Rupert, Eds. The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, London: Fourth Estate; New York: Henry Holt, 2000. 
 

OSCAR WILDE GAS FIXTURES

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Omaha Daily Bee, April 28, 1882, 6

OGDEN HOUSE

This clipping reports Wilde's name in the register at Odgen House, one of the the finest hotels in the region, not far from Omaha over the river at Council Bluffs.

It is unlikely that Wilde took rooms at the Ogden House, but he may have visited the hotel as a guest during his stay.

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The Daily Bee (Council Bluffs, IA), March 23, 1882, 6

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