“Oscar Wilde Now”

Celebrating Oscar Wilde’s August 11, 1882 visit to Sharon Springs, NY

The Oscar Wilde Memorial Lecture
Friday, August 11, 2023, at 3:00 pm
a lecture by
Michael Cadden
Ghosting Oscar Wilde
at the American Hotel, Sharon Springs, NY
this is a FREE event

On August 11, during his legendary 1882 American Tour, the 27-year-old Irish poet, celebrity, and aesthete Oscar Wilde delivered a lecture in the Pavilion Hotel in Sharon Springs, NY.

To celebrate the 141st anniversary of this event, Princeton University professor Michael Cadden will deliver the second annual Klinkhart Hall Arts Center Oscar Wilde Memorial Lecture, “Ghosting Oscar Wilde”

This lecture will focus on two senses of the word “ghost”: the traditional one involving how the dead may be said to haunt us and the contemporary one involving ending communication with someone without any explanation. Honoring Wilde’s double identity as a writer and a key figure in the history of sexuality, Cadden’s examples will be drawn from recent artistic work in which Wilde “appears”, including Tom Stoppard’s play THE INVENTION OF LOVE and Tom Crewe’s novel THE NEW LIFE, as well as from recent controversies focused on gender identity.

This event is free and open to the public. So please join us in celebrating the life and legacy of this legendary playwright, novelist, poet, and critic.

MICHAEL CADDEN served as Chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts, home of the Programs in Creative Writing, Dance, Theater, Music Theater, Visual Arts, and the Princeton Atelier, from 2011-2019. He is in his thirty-fifth year of teaching at Princeton . . .

Read more about Michael Cadden . . .

Michael Cadden

The 2023 Sharon Springs Poetry Festival is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Klinkhart Hall Arts Center’s programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.