Oscar Wilde In America


DETAiled verification of Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour of North America

Narragansett

Pier

New York


The Mathewson Hotel

Monday, August 7, 1882


The Decorative Arts

Verification

Newspaper reports

The Narragansett Times, Aug 11, 1882 (left)

The Camden Post (New Jersey), Aug 8, 1882 (below)

Venue and Accommodation


The Mathewson Hotel

Ocean Road, Narragansett Pier, RI


Built: 1868, near and incorporating the original Mathewson home (b. 1865)

Guest rooms: 270

Wilde lectured in: the Dining Room

Renamed: 1917, The New Mathewson Hotel

Closed: November 1917, property put up for sale

Demolished: 1919


Related:

Wilde in Narragansett Pier—A Newly Discovered Lecture.

Sources:


My gratitude goes to Jessica Wilson, South Kingstown Public Library/Peace Dale for sourcing the press clipping on this page from the microform archive of the Narragansett Times


I am grateful also for the support of Brian Gallagher and Prof. Jim Kinnie of the University of Rhode Island Carothers Library; Shirley Eastham, President of the Narragansett Historical Society; and Samuel Judd

Reference and Information Services Librarian at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library.

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