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24 May 2010
(today, in 1882, Oscar was in Ontario)

I've begun an overall revision of the OWSoA web pages, with the intent of highlighting our primary focus -- providing an accurate, central source for information on Wilde's 1882 American lecture tour.

The new link, above right, OSCAR WILDE IN AMERICA 1882 will take you to the home page of this on-going project. This is the new home of our popular Lecture Tour Calendar.

The new format also includes two new features following the calendar organization:
   1. Full texts of 1882 American newspaper interviews with Wilde which, to the best of my knowledge, are unavailable in Wilde reference books. This section is especially designed to supplement the interviews collected in the recently-published Oscar Wilde in America: The Interviews. More on that book may be found on the Interviews "Overview" page.
   2.  Full texts or bibliographic reference to localized articles on Wilde's American tour. Such articles have been published for many decades in a variety of publication formats (state and local historical society periodicals, newspapers, monographs, etc.). Karl Beckson's Oscar Wilde Encyclopedia "Lectures in America, 1882" (191-192) gives the best list I've found, but I've never seen a list that includes all of the localized articles that even I know are out there. And then there are all the lovely references OWSoA members have uncovered and told me of.

Information in both new categories is sparse at present, but should give a notion of the intent.

In the future I hope to add a few more categories of resources for research on the American tour to the IN AMERICA page. This will include a reorganization of information from our former Library page. The Library continues to be  available as an archive, but will not be updated.

By nature, development of the IN AMERICA page content is continuous. If something intrigues you, but you don't find what you are looking for, check back or drop me a note.

I am deeply indebted to our former web master, founding OWSoA member John Cooper, for creating our original web pages. John's design is both useful and beautiful. Any error or ugliness resulting from my revisions is entirely my fault.

I am not, nor will I ever be, a  web "master." When not obsessed by Oscar I teach ancient Greek and Latin, so please pardon and let me know of any problems.

Suggestions are always welcome. The purpose of all of this is the same as the mission of the Oscar Wilde Society of America. For a full explanation of our mission, click here.

Thank you for your patience and your interest in Oscar Wilde.

                                    Marilyn Bisch
President, Oscar Wilde Society of America




"Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites"
University of Delaware
Winterthur Museum and Country Estate
Delaware Art Museum
7th-9th October 2010

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Announcing the 30 November 2009 publication of Prof. Samuel Gladden’s Broadview critical edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.

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Samuel Lyndon Gladden is a founding member of the OWSoA. He is also Associate Professor, Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English, and Dean's Faculty Administrative Fellow for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Northern Iowa.


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