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Old Weird America: Oscar Wilde’s American Tour-Virtual Program

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Program Type: Lecture
Age: Adult

Join historian Cathy Polovina as she follows her curiosity and explores "Old Weird America," to look a bit closer at a variety of adventurous, innovative, and unusual characters throughout American history.

 Oscar Wilde’s American Tour

Until his infamous fall in 1895, dramatist and poet Oscar Wilde was the toast of British artistic society, known for his sharp wit and outrageous presentation. But did you know his reputation was really made during his year-long speaking tour of America in 1882 when he declared to custom’s officials, “I have nothing to declare but my genius”?  Let’s travel with Oscar from conventional Boston drawing rooms to the truly ‘Wilde” west for a look at this vital 19th-century influencer.

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