November 2000 - February 2001

The success of these events, held in Madison, Wisconsin, and Terre Haute, Indiana, led to the foundation of the Oscar Wilde Society of America.

Oscar Wilde and His Times:
A Centenary Celebration

An inter-disciplinary 1890s program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Oscar Wilde

The University of Wisconsin-Madison


Merlin Holland

Author of The Wilde Album, co-editor of The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, and grandson of Oscar Wilde, presents a special lecture: "Confounding the Critics, Surviving the Scandal: The Remarkable Reputation of Oscar Wilde." 

Monday, February 5, 2001, 7:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union, UW-Madison 

Book Exhibit

Flights of Fancy: The Decorated Books of Oscar Wilde and His Circle from the James G. Nelson Collection November 20, 2000 - February 15, 2001 Special Collections, Memorial Library, UW-Madison.

Film Festival
2 evenings: Friday, February 2nd & Saturday, Feb. 3rd 1 afternoon: Sunday, February 4th Sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature UW-Madison

Theatre Reading
Oscar Wilde's fairy tale: The Birthday of the Infanta Presented by the Marquette University Players, Department of Performing Arts Saturday, February 3rd, 11 a.m. Elvehjem Museum of Art, UW-Madison 

1890s Symposium
Art and the Individual: Decadence and Democracy in the Modern Age

Margaret Diane Stetz, Professor, Georgetown University: "Oscar Wilde and Women"; 
Susan Brantly, Professor, Scandinavian Studies, UW-Madison: "The Wildes of Scandinavia: A Survey of Nordic Decadence"; and 
Linda Zatlin, Professor, Morehouse University: "Aubrey Beardsley and the Origins of Art Nouveau" 
Saturday, February 3rd. 1-4 p.m. Elvehjem Museum of Art, UW-Madison.

Gallery Talk
Mark Samuels Lasner, "The Pursuit of the Rare: Three Early Beardsley Collectors"
Also featuring remarks from James G. Nelson and Phil Cohen.

Sunday, February 4th, 2 p.m. Special Collections, Memorial Library, UW-Madison.

Oscar Wilde and His Times: A Centenary Celebration
University of Wisconsin-Madison
was funded by grants from The Anonymous Fund, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

Guided Tours in NY
Fest 2002
Fest 2004
Inaugural Celebration
Centenary Events

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