web site by cooper design 

Bn2Jpgoscar-wilde-on-dressvera-wilde-playPatience-Posteroscar0wilde-lecture-tourjohn-cooper1oscar-wilde-features 

Oscar Wilde In America

QUOTATIONS BY OSCAR WILDE MADE IN OR ABOUT AMERICA

QUOTATION: America never has been discovered...I myself would say that it had merely been detected.

where it appeared

In the book version of:

The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Ch. 3
Ward, Lock & Co., 1891

In the story the comment is made in general conversation by Erskine at a lunch given by Lady Agatha.

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered,' said Mr Erskine. 'I myself would say that it had merely been detected'.


WHERE IT did not APPEAR

In the earlier magazine version in:

Lippincott's Monthly Magazine Vol. XLVI, No. 271, July [June 20] 1890, pp. 3-100.

The quotation does not appear here as originally published in thirteen chapters.


WHERE it can also be found

In a manuscript list of aphorisms, c. 1890:

"It is a vulgar error to suppose that America was ever discovered. It was merely detected."

Manuscript: Clark Library MS W6721M3 P576

doriangray

SOURCES

Book: Mason, 328.
Magazine: Mason, 81.

Bibliography of Oscar Wilde
by Stuart Mason, 1914
LONDON | T. WERNER LAURIE LTD.

Credit for the manuscript source:

The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray : the 1890 and 1891 texts, Oxford University Press, 2005
Russell Jackson, Joseph Bristow, Ian Small

web site by cooper design Oscar Wilde In America