Wilde in America

Wilde in America

Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity

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Oscar Wilde was hired to go to America to promote a Gilbert & Sullivan work by presenting lectures on interior decorating. But Wilde had his own business plan. He would go to promote himself. And he did, traveling some 15,000 miles and visiting 150 American cities as he created a template for fame creation that still works today.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393063172
Branch Call Number: B WILDE
Characteristics: 316 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jan 31, 2015

Although there have been other books that cover Wilde's 1854 lecture tour of America this is a good summary with some interesting insights and research that covers Wilde's experiences with his contemporaries, his family, his rivals, his friends and enemies on both sides of the Atlantic. Not an essential OSCAR read , but interesting nonetheless.


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