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My Life and Loves

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A punch in the face of the puritanism & conservatism he raged against, My Life & Loves is the highly-charged, erotic autobiography of Frank Harris (1856-1931), an Irish writer & editor who founded "Pearson's Magazine" in the USA (1914-18). When 1st published, the book elicited hostile criticism because of its blunt & frank detail of his sexual exploits, beg ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Prometheus Books (first published 1908)
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Mar 25, 2010 notgettingenough rated it did not like it
He always reminds me of Henry Miller. I expect both of them to be short - it's hard to understand their behaviour otherwise. Checks that, and yes, little men who had to find ways to make themselves look bigger. Sexual conquest it is, then. But whereas Miller hated women and had to make it all literary, Harris was content with a straightforward enthusiastically pornographic approach in the Victorian tradition.

I can only assume it was all in their dreams. It's impossible to imagine anybody wantin
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Nov 16, 2016 M. Sarki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I have just begun reading this, my customary four pages a day, which will make me around seventy by the time I am finished with it, that is if I keep reading. So far, as a young child and adolescent, Frank has made it further with a girl than I ever had the good fortune (or courage) to, and surprisingly came away basically unscathed with his rather audacious attempts to put his hands where they had not been invited. It is interesting for me to read this so
Aug 12, 2008 María rated it liked it
fascinating! the times, the mind, the sex stories.
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Mar 28, 2013 John Alt rated it liked it
Scalliwag comes to mind. Or rogue, better yet. If you wanted your reputation slandered by lies the best man to have known was Frank Harris. Then, if you wanted bawdy and prurient reading about the famous, he was also your man, however untrue his exploits. A man of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century Harris was an egotist who considered himself a great litterateur and claimed to have made love to more women then could be laid end-to-end around the world. If I take a little license wit ...more
Apr 06, 2009 Lisa rated it liked it
I can't decide between the 2 and 3 star rating. I'm reading the annotated edition, immersed in the second book of it. His life is amazing if what he writes is true. He's a typical guy, sexually, but his Life is astonishing, if true. So far I can't get past the "if true". It would be helpful to know if he was hyperactive.

In book two he's older, slowing down a little, and his life is much more believable. I found it sad that he succumbed to the griping sourness of The Reformed, Aging Libertine, in
Aug 05, 2010 John rated it it was amazing
All Right, All Right already, this aint literature but to a young man in the sixties this is about as good as it got. When I found this sitting on my parents book shelf next to The Sound and the Fury I bought into it, hook, line and sinker. Let me tell ya it did feed my dreams and imagination. Thanks Mr. Harris, particularly for the stories of building the Hudson Tunnel and being inside the diving bell. (no metaphor intended)

Not long after, and a few times since, I did read Sound and Fury and en
Nov 12, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing
Well what can you say Frank did it all except unlike Sinatra he did it anyway. For an excellent list of people from history of the time it's a gem. For his sexual escapades If you got it flaunt it. I enjoyed it although it was a bit long, but a very rich source of books & people an excellent read quite memorable.
Ngugi St. Edward X
well, twas the biggest book i'd ever read at that time...(and at that time), the blatant description of his exploits with ladies was the magnet.
Nov 15, 2013 Daniel added it
I read this decades ago. As a slice of history, it is a nice bit of dessert. As an insight into how all women one meets can be the most beautiful and wonderful, it is a main dish.
Apr 01, 2013 Jeniffer rated it really liked it
I like his witty story-telling about his life, loves ( affairs ) and about his secrets... Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. :)
Sep 20, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it
Oldie but goodie.
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Frank Harris was an editor, journalist and publisher, who was friendly with many well-known figures of his day. Born in Ireland, he emigrated to America early in life, working in a variety of unskilled jobs before attending the University of Kansas to read law. He eventually became a citizen there. After graduation he quickly tired of his legal career and returned to Europe in 1882.

He travelled o
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“Memory is the mother of the muses, prototype Artist. As a rule picks and highlights what is important, omitting what is accidental or trivial. Occasionally, however, is mistaken as all the other artists. Nevertheless it is what I take as a guide page.” 3 likes
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