Oscar Wilde In America

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

New York

New York

Chickering Hall

Monday, January 9, 1882

The English Renaissance

First Lecture


Newspaper report

The New York Times, Jan 10, 1882, 5

Introduction by Wilde’s manager Col. W. F. Morse

.."I have the honor", said the Colonel in a clear voice that was heard all over the hall, "to introduce to you Oscar Wilde the English (sic) poet, who will deliver his lecture upon the 'English Renaissance.'"


Printed Announcement

Full Report


Chickering Hall

NW Corner of Fifth Ave and 18th Street, New York, NY (now 130 Fifth Avenue)

Built: 1875 (George B. Post)

Demolished: 1901


Location of Chickering Hall

Interior of the hall

Chickering and Sons (Wikipedia)


For details of Wilde's initial accommodation in New York City see under Lodging in this review of his arrival.


Newspaper cartoon (left)

Caption reads:


The famous aesthete posing and "mashing" on his shape at Chickering Hall, New York City.

The National Police Gazette: New York, January 28th, 1882, 4.

Autograph (below)

Two days after his lecture, on January 11, 1882, Oscar Wilde signed the remarkable Lafayette F. Cornwell autograph book in New York with lines from his poem The Garden of Eros:

…creamy meadow-sweet

Whiter than Juno's throat, and odorous

As all Arabia -

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