Still, the audience listened intently, laughed at all the right places, and many considered the night a great success (others didn't).
Before the lecture, Wilde wasn't convinced his trip to America would last more than a few weeks. Afterwards, with his status as a box office draw confirmed, he began a lengthy tour of the country's opera houses, theatres and music halls that would run until late October. Oscar Wilde had not yet conquered America, but the first battle was his.
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