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Frank Harris

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Frank Harris

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Original name book: Frank Harris

Pages: 176

Language: English

Publisher: John Lehmann; 1st edition (1949)


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Flowing Text / Pages Pages
Printable? Yes

Category - Biographies & Memoirs

Bestsellers rank - 8 Rating Star

Hugh Kingsmill wrote over thirty books, and his highly praised biography of Frank Harris is one of four of his books to be reissued by Faber Finds, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of his death. 'An extremely fine piece of work . . . out of this candid recognition of weakness there comes a living portrait which has made at least one reader who found Frank Harris's personality violently antipathetic understand why a great many people adored him and forgave him.' Rebecca West Daily Telegraph 'Hugh Kingsmill's biography of Frank Harris . . . is adroit, rather malicious and very entertaining. Little did poor Harris realise, when he was busy roaring his own praises at this young man, that he would be served up with such sauce.' J. B. Priestley Evening Standard 'Kingsmill's biography is neither an adulation nor an attack: it is a record of a 'queer cuss', flashy, magnetic, enormously gifted with everything save principle . . . [Harris] skilfully hunts down the spoor of probable fact in the extraordinary tangle of romantic make-believe which Harris planted over his own tracks.' Observer

Hugh Kingsmill (1889-1949) was a novelist, a biographer of note and a talker of outstanding verve and brilliance. In his introduction to The Best of Hugh Kingsmill, Michael Holroyd wrote, 'Behind the big names of twentieth-century literature there stands a shadow cabinet of writers waiting to take over once the Wind of Change has blown. My own vote goes to High Kingsmill as leader of this opposition'. Hugh Kingsmill wrote over thirty books, and Faber Finds, to mark the sixtieth anniversary of his death, is reissuing four of them: After Puritanism, Frank Harris, Samuel Johnson, and his anthology Johnson Without Boswell.

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Customer Reviews
  • By Patrick Odaniel on November 7, 2008

    Alas, poor Kingsmill, we hardly knew thee. Hugh Kingsmill is one of those delightful, witty writers that the British turned out in embarrassed abundance during the middle of the 20th Century. Unfortunately, except among such enlightened connoisseurs as Michael Holroyd, Kingsmill is completely forgotten today. And he shouldn't be! This book is a good brief in Kingsmill's defense.Frank Harris was a literary con artist who, amazingly enough, dominated Shakespearean criticism in the early 20th Century. Kingsmill was initially one of his acolytes until he saw through the old fraud. And so, we have this delightfully malevolent biography of the "Rake of Modern Letters." Here's a sample (which was also the subject of a famous Max Beerbohm caricature):The lunch began, and Harris and the Duke were soon in friendly talk, when suddenly Harris's deep voice sounded above the general conversation.'No, my dear Duke, I know nothing of the joys of homosexuality. You must speak to my friend Oscar about that.'A profound silence descended upon the room.'And yet,' Harris mused, in more subdued but still reverberating tones, 'if Shakespeare had asked me, I would have had to submit.'Truly, truly awful. Go get this book!

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