In 1936, Lewis and Smith published a door stopper of a book, Oscar Wilde Discovers America: 1882. It's a fun read, although it's now considered wildly inaccurate. But, then again, Wilde was no fan of the truth himself. What he might have considered less forgiveable was Lewis and Smith's tendency to veer from one topic to another, like a drunk uncle at a wedding. They include a lot of details that most Wilde aficionados could happily live without (e.g. the popularity of lawn tennis among late 19th century Americans).
|Roy Morris Jr.'s 2013 book on Wilde's American Tour, Declaring his Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America|
Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that another book on Wilde's America tour is due to be published this autumn!
|David M. Friedman's Wilde in America, forthcoming from Norton.|
As one who has been immersed in Wilde's American adventure for over two years now, I am probably looking forward to Friedman's book more than most. But you should pre order a copy too. Go on, go Wilde!
Discover more about Oscar Wilde's American lecture tour, and my comic about it, at oscarwildecomics.com