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Tour of America In the early 1880s when Aestheticism was the rage and despair of literary London Wilde established himself in social and artistic circles by his wit and flamboyance Soon the periodical Punch made him the satiric object of its antagonism to the Aesthetes for what was considered their unmaculine devotion to art and in their comic opera Patience Wilde agreed to lecture in the United States and Canada Wilde was given the paradoxical opportunity to characterize and popularize the intensely reflective and individualistic aesthetic movement In 1881 Oscar Wilde saw himself in a position of man that required company and indulgence of leisure and to sustain this he needed money in a time where money was scarcer than ever He mortgaged his hunting lounge and sold a bit of his Dublin property to obtain some wealth Oscar Wild had just finished two plays and was waiting to the rehearsals to start of Mr Beeres Verato begin During this time producer Richard Carte in New York approached Wild Carte was running a not so successful play of New York at the time but another part of his enterprise was to manage lecture tours Carte wanted to give Americans a chance to see and hear the leading advocate of aestheticisms It did not take Wilde long to consider The next day on October 1 he cabled back Yes if offer good Carte would cover Wildes expenses and would share equally with him the net profits After communicating back and forth by letter Wildes repertoire was narrowed quickly Americans did not want poems recited to them what Americans wanted were The Beautiful Ellmann 150 Wilde accepted this proposal in December but he asks that the tour should start at the begging of 1882 He wanted to in London for the opening of Vera The play he was waiting to open never does This gave him time to prepared carefully for his tour What to
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