Madison Square Park
11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
The NYC 19th Century Extravaganza presents Oscar Wilde in New York City Walking Tour with historian John Cooper
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“The Distinguished Lily-Consumer of England, Oscar Wilde, Reached New York – An Interview With the Utterly Utter Young Man” – 1882 newspaper headline
Did Oscar Wilde really say to New York customs “I have nothing to declare except my genius”? Did you know that most of the surviving photos of Wilde were taken right in Union Square? In 1882, before he had written his famous plays (or much of anything but a few poems), Oscar Wilde was already a self-made celebrity. He toured North American lecturing on Aestheticism, visiting cities, towns, and even a remote frontier mining camp, but ultimately spent more time in New York than in any other North American city.
Join us as we explore Gilded Age New York City and the people and places Wilde visited. Our distinguished tour guide John Cooper has spent decades researching Oscar Wilde with particular focus on his time in New York City. Mr. Cooper is a long-standing member of the Oscar Wilde Society in London, a prominent member of the Oscar Wilde Society of America, the former Business Manager of the Victorian Society In America, the moderator of the Oscar Wilde Internet discussion group at Yahoo, and a contributor to Oscholars, the Oscar Wilde academic journal.
Note that this is a TICKETED event strictly limited to 20 participants, so purchase your tickets early to reserve your place. (A Facebook RSVP will not reserve your place; you must buy a ticket) Our modestly-priced ticket revenue helps to offset the production costs of the Extravaganza. Buy your tickets here http://