This part of the site is dedicated to the notorious author and editor Frank Harris, whose My Life and Loves scandalised Britain, Europe and America in the 1920s. Notwithstanding his reputation as a rogue and womaniser, he was an entertaining writer and individual who was always his own man.
In this volume Robert Brainard Pearsall, an American academic and author, gave us the only literary biography of Harris to be published to date. By concentrating on Harris' literary output, rather than the often exaggerated - not least by Harris himself - details of his life, Pearsall does much to help us arrive at that elusive perspective, a balanced view of the man.
This is undoubtedly the best biography we have to date, if we judge it by how close we are brought to the historical truth about Harris. Pullar evidently performed a huge amount of research in the course of writing this book, and the results show on every page. Where there are contradictions in accounts of events, and this happens more often than not with Harris, she shows us if not a final truth, for that is often impossible to discern, but in which direction the truth may lie.
I don't know who Linda Morgan Bain is or was, but this has all the hallmarks of a vanity publication. Copies are relatively easy to come by, which suggests that Ms. Bain had either a lot of friends, or the money to distribute her book herself.