Impressions of America - Oscar Wilde

Impressions of America

By Oscar Wilde

  • Release Date: 2014-09-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
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In this book author penned notes for a talk from his year long lecture tour in America in which he gave in various cities in the few years. He described about the culture, clothings & living style of America. As the first thing that struck him on landing in America was that if the Americans are not the most well-dressed people in the world, they are the most comfortably dressed. Men are seen there with the dreadful chimney-pot hat, but there are very few hatless men. The next thing particularly noticeable is that everybody seems in a hurry to catch a train. This is a state of things which is not favourable to poetry or romance. Had Romeo or Juliet been in a constant state of anxiety about trains, or had their minds been agitated by the question of return-tickets, Shakespeare could not have given us those lovely balcony scenes which are so full of poetry and pathos. America is the noisiest country that ever existed. One is waked up in the morning, not by the singing of the nightingale, but by the steam whistle.