FREE SHIPPING- "My Life & Loves" by Frank Harris. 5 Volumes in 1. 1st Paperback Edition. Complete and Unexpurgated. Good Condition!
My Life and Loves is the autobiography of the Ireland-born, naturalized-American writer and editor Frank Harris(1856–1931). As published privately by Harris between 1922 and 1927, and by Jack Kahane's Obelisk Press in 1931, the work consisted of four volumes. The book gives a graphic account of Harris' sexual adventures and relates gossip about the sexual activities of celebrities of his day.
The work was banned in both the United States and Britain for a span of 40 years. At one time it was sold in Paris for more than $100. By today's standards, however, the sexual behaviour it portrays is rather unexceptional, consisting primarily in the patronizing of prostitutes or quasi-prostitutes.
Contemporary and historic figures discussed frequently in the book include Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Carlyle, Joseph Chamberlain, Lord Randolph Churchill, Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke, Lord Folkestone, William Ewart Gladstone, Heinrich Heine, George Meredith, Charles Stewart Parnell, Cecil Rhodes,Lord Salisbury, Byron Caldwell Smith, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Oscar Wilde, and many others.
In the early 1950s, Harris' widow Nellie sold about a hundred pages of his writings on further autobiographical matters to Kahane's son Maurice Girodias for a million French francs. Girodias gave the task of producing something publishable from them to Alexander Trocchi, and described the result as having only 20% of its content derived from the nominal source material. It was published by Girodias's Olympia Press in 1954 as My Life and Loves: Fifth Volume. John F. Gallagher edited, and provided annotations for, a new omnibus edition, My Life and Loves: Five Volumes in One/Complete and Unexpurgated, published by Grove Press in 1963 - the version I have for sale here.
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