Oscar Wilde In America


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

Mobile

Alabama


 Frascati Theatre

Wednesday, June 28, 1882


The Decorative Arts

Verification

Newspaper report

The Times-Democrat (New Orleans, LA), June 29, 1882, 4


Newspaper advertisement

Mobile Register, June 28, 1882

Venue


Frascati Theatre

Frascati Park, Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL (on the western shore of Mobile Bay)


Park developed: 1860s (Henry Nabring)

Owner in 1882: Apolonia Horst (widow of Martin Horst, who had purchased the site)

Destroyed (storm): October 2, 1893

Later: Monroe Park

Now: Brookley Field

Accommodation


Battle House Hotel

SE corner of Royal and Francis Streets, Mobile, AL


Opened: November 13, 1852 (James Battle)

Destroyed (fire): 1905

Replaced: 1908 by a second Battle House Hotel, now The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel, extant

Ephemera


WILDE MEETS JEFFERSON DAVIS


Newspaper article

The Times-Democrat (New Orleans, LA), June 30, 1882


On his way from New Orleans to Mobile, Wilde stopped off at Biloxi to visit Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederate States of America, at his home at Beauvoir.


Sketch of Wilde in Jefferson Davis; copy Wilde’s Poems.

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