Now one word to my own people and their peculiar shortcomings. Anglo-Saxon domineering is the greatest danger to Humanity in the world today. Americans are proud of having blotted out the red Indian and stolen his possessions and of burning and torturing negroes in the sacred name of equality. At all costs we must get rid of our hypocrisies and falsehoods and see ourselves as we are — a domineering race, vengeful and brutal, as exemplified in Haiti; we must study the inevitable effects of our soulless, brainless selfishness as shown in the world-war. — Frank Harris
That quote comes from My Life and Loves, the self-published autobiography which Harris arranged to have privately printed in four volumes, beginning in 1922. It was widely reviled and banned in both the U.S. and the U.K., where Harris was loudly criticized for being salacious, not to mention “fanciful,” as in embroidering the facts or making things up out of whole cloth. But Harris was admirably anti-Puritanical and an eloquent writer whose many books, especially his volume on Shakespeare and his biography of Oscar Wilde, as well as his portraits of dozens of important cultural figures of his time, have lasting value for their penetrating insight. He sounded off on all kinds of subjects. Like his warning, much of what he wrote could have been written yesterday.