Biography and History

Primarily remembered today for his sexually frank reminiscences ( My Life and Loves, 3 vols., 1923-1927), Harris was an American expatriate writer who lived for many years in Nice, France. Born in Ireland (1856), raised and educated in the United States, Harris drifted to Europe for further education, eventually editing various magazines in England, becoming friends with Max Beerbohm, Bernard Shaw, and Oscar Wilde, and gaining a literary reputation for books and short stories. He returned to the U.S. and edited Pearson's Magazine, but his pro-German sympathies during World War I forced him to retire in France, where he died in 1931. Harris's other major publications include Elder Conklin (stories, 1894), Montes the Matador (stories, 1900), Mr. and Mrs. Daventry (play, 1900), The Man Shakespeare (psychological study, 1909), Great Days (novel, 1914), Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions (biography, 2 vols, 1916), and Undream'd of Shores (stories, 1924).

Source: From the finding aid for C0975

  • Frank Harris Papers. 1889-1930 (inclusive), 1915-1925 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0975

    Consists primarily of typescript manuscripts, often with holograph corrections, representative of the literary production of American author Frank Harris: books, plays, stories, essays and articles, and biographical portraits. A good amount of the material is about the life and writings of Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), the popular and controversial Irish author. Also included are a small amount of correspondence, documents, and printed material.