Frank Harris (1856–1931,) born James Thomas Harris, was an Irish-American editor, novelist, short story writer, and journalist. He gained a reputation as a fearless journalist and edited the periodical Saturday Review (1894–08.) His autobiography My Life and Loves (1923–27) was notorious for its unreliability and sexual frankness.
According to his autobiography, Harris was born in Galway, but according to his own later statement, in Tenby, Dyfed, Wales. He ran away to New York at the age of 15 and, after various jobs, began studying law in 1874 at the University of Kansas. Returning to England about 1876, he entered the newspaper world.
Harris had a considerable impact on Fleet Street as editor of the Fortnightly Review, Saturday Review, Vanity Fair, and the Evening News, with its provocative headlines and sensationalism. His best-known work is his boastful and unreliable autobiography My Life and Loves (4 vols., 1923–27,) which was banned in American and the United Kingdom for pornography.
Harris is also remembered for his Contemporary Portraits (1915–30,) as well as the biographies Oscar Wilde: His Life and Confessions (1916) and George Bernard Shaw (1931.) He also wrote some novels, short stories and plays, and two works on Shakespeare.