Frank Harris

1856 (Galway) – 1931 (Nice, France)

Harris was the first ‘real’ writer that Miller met. Wells and Shaw both wrote journalism for him, Wells (so the unreliable Harris said) calling him his ‘literary godfather.’ Harris wrote biographies of his Irish-born friends Shaw and Wilde, though the latter was unpublishable during Wilde’s lifetime (Wilde also forgot to mention that the dramatic plot he’d given him, he’d also sold to others). Ruskin reputedly described Turner’s erotic paintings to him, which he claimed to have burned. Maupassant and Sinclair were correspondents, while Thurber was given an unsettling recipe for becoming a centenarian.

Frank Harris knew…