When the picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde’s only novel (Dublin, 1854 – Paris, 1900) – was published in Philadelphia’s Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in July 1890, its author had long been a celebrity in the United States. Less for literary reasons than because of the sensational tour he made eight years ago, during which he gave a hundred and a half lectures in more than a hundred American cities (Canada included). The crowded audience paid a ticket to hear the “young esthete” (trained at Oxford under the aesthetic teachings of John Ruskin and Walter Pater, who until then had only published a book of poems and a play in London) speak about “English Renaissance” . , Interior decoration and applied arts; and fashion and poetry. In relation to this, at the opening conference in New York on January 9, 1882, he will say that there are no moral or immoral poems: “The poems are either well written or badly written; and everything. “The idea is taken up in the aphorisms that anticipated the first book edition of Dorian Gray’s portrait in 1891. The next day the New York Times read:” At the end of the lecture, the poet was applauded violently and when he left the stage he blushed as a [itálico nosso] Student”.
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