Date: 02/14/2015

Time: 11:00 am

Price: $20 in advance

Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet, dramatist and wit, famous for his life in London and Paris, spent all of 1882 in America on an extended lecture tour across the continent. Nowhere did he spend more time than in New York City. Join guide John Cooper, founding member of the Oscar Wilde Society of America, for a Valentine's Day stroll through Madison Square Park, Gramercy Park, and Greenwich Village to celebrate the anniversary of the first performance of The Importance of Being Earnest on this date in 1895, and to trace Oscar Wilde's debut in the social and literary world. Based on original research into Wilde and his circle during the gilded age in New York, this tour explains how Wilde was influenced by the aesthetic movement of the period, and how he in turn influenced the society of today. Learn about the life and times of this fascinating personality and self-styled genius is as relevant today as it was when he arrived in 1882.

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