Oscar Wilde In America


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

Macon

Georgia


Ralston Hall

Monday, July 3, 1882


The Decorative Arts

Columbus Enquirer-Sun , July 2, 1882, 3


Verification

Newspaper report

Macon Telegraph and Messenger, July 4, 1882, 1


"Oscar Wilde Last Night


...his mannerisms, his awkwardness, his semi-languid attitudinizing, and, more than all, his ungainly shape and long hair, were obstacles in the way of admiration, while his utter absence of that essential to all lecturers, humor, put an air brake to anything like applause."


This newspaper also reported the venue as Ralston Hall.

Venue


Ralston Hal

 Corner of Third and Cherry Streets, Macon, GA


Built: 1858 (L.A. Ralston)

Seating capacity: c. 900-1000

Destroyed (fire): January 13, 1886


* a.k.a. Ralston's Hall; cf. previous chronologies misspell the name as Rolston.

Accommodation


Currently no other details of Wilde's stay in Macon.

Ephemera


WELCOME O. WILDE

A local bard greets Oscar in Macon.

The True Citizen (Waynesboro, GA), July 14, 1882, 1

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