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All the Frank Harris pages

The following account was printed in Story magazine in September 1964. In it the editor of the magazine, Whit Burnett, recalls a meeting with Frank Harris in Nice, in 1926. He had begun with politics, the intensity of his damnation of the egotistic Mussolini having brought him close to my knee, which to emphasize a point, he struck now and then with his strong, practical-looking hand. Once or… continue reading
This is the text of the Preface to Pantopia by Frank Harris, in which he bizarrely admits that his book has been made somewhat less interesting by his removal of all the dirty bits. (My thanks are extended to Edgar M. Ross for his permission to reproduce this copyright material. Scanned for your delight as part of the Frank Harris Preface Project). I have been asked to write an introduction to… continue reading
Sex Life in England Illustrated (1936, the Falstaff Press) edited by Richard Deniston and based on a German book by Iwan Bloch, is a collection of moderately erotic bits and bobs of literature and art with a coating of academic respectability. As such it is an example of the kind of snob porn I have written about elsewhere, to the devotees of which Frank Harris is a sort of hero. I have not seen… continue reading
Looking for something for the weekend, Sir? How about Volume 1 of My Life and Loves read by "Dirty Den" himself, Leslie Grantham? This must have seemed like a good idea to somebody at the time: take one of the enduring classics of erotic literature and turn it into an audio book read by a well-known British actor with a louche reputation. If you do not know who Leslie Grantham is, you are… continue reading
What follows is an article by Julian Maclaren-Ross, originally published in the London Magazine for June 1955: an account of the young Maclaren-Ross's encounter with Frank Harris in the year before he died. Although Maclaren-Ross is said by his biographer Paul Willetts to be a generally reliable source, it is questionable whether it is accurate in every detail: would Harris, for example, have… continue reading
This cheekily immodest account of his life, given in the third person, was written by Frank Harris in 1916 for "Bruno's Weekly" and subsequently reprinted in Frank Harris: In Memoriam. Frank Harris was born in Galoway[sic], Ireland, over fifty years ago, of Welsh parents. He is proud of the fact that he is pure Kelt without intermixture for as far back as he knows. Till he was twelve years of age… continue reading
The following is Arnold Bennett's astonishingly positive review of Frank Harris's The Man Shakespeare, published in the "New Age", October 21, 1909. Bennett's small cavil about Harris's description of Shakespeare as "snobbish" was replied to by Harris in the issue published two weeks later. Books and Persons. (AN OCCASIONAL CAUSERIE.) If this column has any interest of originality, it is that it… continue reading
The periodical The New Age, self-described as "A Weekly Review of Politics, Literature and Art" was published in London from 1907 to 1922. As a prominent figure of the time Frank Harris appeared more than once as a subject in its columns. Thanks to the Modern Journalism department of Brown University, which provides an archive of issues of The New Age, I have been able to locate a few of these… continue reading
What follows is Arnold Bennett's glowing review of Frank Harris's first novel, The Bomb. It is eight years since the appearance of "Montes the Matador," a volume which contains one of the finest short stories ever written by Saxon, Russian, or Gaul. Mr. Frank Harris has at last thought fit to publish another book. I know not what he has done with himself in the meantime, but whatever his activity… continue reading
This is Frank Harris's response, published in the "New Age" for November 11, 1909, to Arnold Bennett's review of The Man Shakespeare in the same periodical two weeks earlier, in which Bennett had disputed Harris's use of the term "snobbishness" with regard to Shakespeare. ("Jacob Tonson" was Bennett's pseudonym under which he wrote book reviews.) Shakespeare’s Snobbishness and Sensuality By… continue reading