Frank Harris

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.

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New Preface to "The Life and Confessions of Oscar Wilde"

After Oscar Wilde's death there was an endless series of disputes and recriminations between his former friends, accusations of betrayal and misrepresentation, claims and counter-claims. Frank Harris' Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions was one of the causes for controversy.



A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas

This is in many ways an excellent biography by a young writer which presents a readily digestible picture of Douglas' life. Where it touches on Frank Harris, though, it is more useful for presenting Douglas' view of the events in which they were both involved than as a dispassionate summary: Murray tends to lean on Douglas' own accounts in these matters. He is scrupulous in citing his sources, however, which at least makes it easier to make up ones own mind as to where the truth lies.