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A Week in Literary History

February 14th, 2002

Irish-American author and editor Frank Harris (My Life and Loves, 1923-27), is born in County Galway, 1856. Oscar Wilde will later say, “Frank Harris is invited to all the great houses in England — once.”

Frank Harris, b. February 14, 1856, d. 1931

harrisphoto.jpgThe Irish bad boy of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is so called because of his famous five-volume autobiography My Life and Loves, which struck contemporary readers as indecently frank and outspoken on sexual matters. But there’s a lot more to Harris (and to his big book) than tales of conquests. As an influential editor and writer, he knew all the significant literary figures of his time, and his portraits make fascinating reading. His books on Wilde and Shaw were for a long time the only ones available on their subjects, and, in general, his enthusiasm for the literary life is irresistible.

Suggested Reading Memoir My Life and Loves, 1922-27. Biography Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions, 1916. Bernard Shaw: Frank Harris on Bernard Shaw: An Unauthorised Biography based on First-Hand Information, with a Postscript by Mr. Shaw, 1931. Other Shakespeare and His Loves, 1910. The Women of Shakespeare, 1911. England or Germany, 1915. Contemporary Portraits, 1915. My Reminiscences as a Cowboy, 1930.

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