WHERE IT WAS SAID
At the Lotos Club in New York City on October 28, 1882, during an after-dinner speech on the occasion of one of the club’s “State Dinners”—the guests of honor on this occasion being Charles Wyndham and Bronson Howard.
WHERE IT APPEARED
“Oscar Wilde: A Certain After-Dinner Speech”, New-York Tribune, November 5, 1882, 3.
Wilde’s audience was largely made up of writers and members of the press. So following their year-long ridicule of Oscar, and rudeness to him on the night (coughing him down), these concluding remarks by the 28 year old Wilde cautioning the one hundred and fifty members present, can be seen as a spirited and prophetic act of self-determinism.
For a full analysis of the evening and the remark, see the blog article linked below.
149 Fifth Avenue at 21st Street, New York, NY