From today’s Writer’s Almanac: “It was on this day in 1882 that the Irish playwright Oscar Wilde docked in New York. Customs asked him if he had anything to declare. Oscar Wilde replied, ‘Nothing but my genius.’”
New Yorkers were clamoring for Oscar Wilde’s Poems in January 1882. See what else people were reading then in this Gilded Age New York Reading List.
Photo of Oscar Wilde from the Billy Rose Theater Collection photograph file in the NYPL Digital Collections.