February 14, 1856

Born on February 14, 1856 in Galway as James Thomas Harris, Frank Harris would later become a world renowned author and editor and friend to famous authors of his time. After emigrating to the U.S. in 1869 and studying at University of Kansas, Harris returned to England and began a journalistic career, befriending George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells and Oscar Wilde. After returning to New York and becoming a naturalized American citizen, Harris became editor of “Pearson’s Magazine” from 1916 to 1922. In 1922, he published his most well known work, his autobiography entitled “My Life and Loves.” The book became a scandal due to its graphic descriptions of his sexual encounters, and Harris’ reputation was ultimately sullied.

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