OUT PROFESSIONALS INVITES YOU TO JOIN WILDE EXPERT JOHN COOPER FOR ‘OSCAR WILDE’S NEW YORK: THE WALKING TOUR AND MIXER.’
On May 19, 1897, Oscar Wilde was released from the harsh Victorian prison where he spent two years following his conviction for “gross indecency” — the result of his affair with Lord Alfred Douglas. On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Out Professionals celebrates Wilde’s release from Reading Gaol with a richly fascinating tour of Oscar Wilde’s New York.
Long before his dramatic life in London and Paris, Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet, dramatist and wit, spent an entire year in America on an extended lecture tour. Nowhere did he spend more time than in New York City.
On a leafy stroll through Greenwich Village, Gramercy Park and Madison Square, Wilde expert John Cooper traces the newly minted celebrity’s path through the social and literary world of New York’s Gilded Age.
Visit historic places including houses where Wilde and his circle lived and clubs that he visited. Along the way you learn how Wilde was influenced by the period’s provocative and sensuous Aesthetic Movement and how, in turn, he influenced the society of today. Cooper’s presentation incorporates Wilde’s letters and period photographs.
Our tour ends in newly fashionable NoMad with an open-ended visit to Oscar Wilde Bar & Bistro, an elaborately designed, Victorian-style bistro.
Tour begins at 1:30 p.m. sharp, rain or shine. We meet at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 10th Street. Subway: N/R to 8th St. and Broadway; A/B/C/D/E/F/M to West 4th St./Washington Square; 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R/W to 14th St./Union Square. Questions? Consult MTA Trip Planner. Tour ends at Oscar Wilde Bar & Bistro, 45 West 27th Street; refreshments on your own.
Nonmember, $35. Dues-paying OP Member, just $25. The personalized nature of our tours requires us to limit the number of participants. Sorry, no exchanges or refunds. Pre-registration ends at noon Friday, May 18. Print and pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! At the door, space permitting, cash only.
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