Oscar Wilde-Related Guided Walking Tours in New York City
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Did you know that long before his dramatic life in London and Paris, Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet, dramatist and wit, spent an entire year in America as he conducted an extended lecture tour across the continent?
And nowhere did he spend more time than in New York City.
Join us as we take a leafy stroll through Madison Square Park, Gramercy Park, and Greenwich Village to trace Oscar Wilde’s debut in the social and literary world.
Set in an era of fascinating personalities, we visit historic places including houses where Oscar Wilde lived and clubs that he visited. The tour also incorporates exhibits of Wilde’s letters, period photographs, and often features a play-reading or a convivial gathering for discussion.
Based on original and unique research into Wilde and his circle in the New York of the gilded age, you will learn how Wilde was influenced by the aesthetic movement of the period, and how, in turn, he influenced the society of today.
These tours will appeal not only to anyone with a literary and historical interest of the city, but they are detailed enough to inform even scholars of Oscar Wilde—the self-styled genius who is more relevant today than he has ever been.
Public and private tours available.
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GROUP TOURS CONDUCTED FOR:
—The Oscar Wilde Society (London, UK)
—The Oscar Wilde Society of America
—Irish Arts Centre, NY
—The Municipal Arts Society (MAS), New York
—The New York 19th Century Society
—New York City Steampunks
—Long Island University (Dept. of English)
—The Bartitsu Club of NYC
—92nd Street Y
—Tisch School of the Arts (NYU)
—The Oscar Wilde Club (NY)
—The Oscar Wilde Meetup Group (Philadelphia)
The Victorian Society in America:
—New England Chapter
—Northern NJ Chapter
—David M. Friedman (US author)
—Tamaki Horie (Professor, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
—Arthur Marks (NYC Historian)
—Chris Spurr (BBC Radio 3)
—Walter W. Walker (Independent Scholar, Publisher)
—Jade Esteban Estrada (Entertainer)
—Shanga Parker (Actor, Educator)
—Hector Lionel (Actor, Singer)