A trip to The Wilde West

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When Oscar Wilde visited America, he met with writers like Walt Whitman and Henry James. But during his trip, his playful quips that many of us have come to love, actually seemed to annoy many Americans more than delight them.

Anthony Paletta’s essay “Wilde Ride” discusses Wilde’s encounters with famous Americans, his witticisms on American culture and landscape, and how Wilde’s witty eccentricities were not always so warmly received by the American public.


Pat Johnson is currently working on his master’s in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University, and is the owner and editor of the satirical news website The New Porker. When Pat’s not reading or writing he’s likely squeezing a lime into a Tecate and headed to the dance floor. He also creates short films, documentaries, and sketch comedies. Pat is completing his first novel, The Virgin and Marilyn Monroe, and writing a book of Creative Non-Fiction short stories. More from this author →