First Encounters: When Oscar Wilde Met Walt Whitman
Sorel, Sorel and, The Independent (London, England)
Wrapped in his fur-trimmed green greatcoat, the young poet Oscar Wilde arrived in America for a lecture tour in January 1882. He came as the exponent of aestheticism to a puritanical and often hostile people. But cosmopolitan New York lionized him, and the press loved him: his flamboyance was good copy. In Philadelphia, his second stop, he mentioned that he did "so hope to meet Mr Whitman". A card promptly arrived: "Walt Whitman will be in from 2 till 312 this afternoon."
Whitman lived very simply in nearby Camden with his brother and sister- in-law. Like Wilde, he was tall and solidly built, but his rough homespun suit and open shirt were in sharp contrast to …
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Publication information: Article title: First Encounters: When Oscar Wilde Met Walt Whitman. Contributors: Sorel, Sorel and - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: July 15, 1995. Page number: 44. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.