The Outcry

The Outcry

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by Henry James
     
 

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The Outcry, Henry James's final novel, is a comedy of money and manners. Breckenridge Bender, a very rich American with a distinct resemblance to J. P. Morgan, arrives in England with the purpose of acquiring some very great art; he is directed to Dedborough, the estate of the debt-ridden Lord Theign. But plutocrat and aristocrat come into unexpected conflict when a… See more details below

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The Outcry, Henry James's final novel, is a comedy of money and manners. Breckenridge Bender, a very rich American with a distinct resemblance to J. P. Morgan, arrives in England with the purpose of acquiring some very great art; he is directed to Dedborough, the estate of the debt-ridden Lord Theign. But plutocrat and aristocrat come into unexpected conflict when a young connoisseur, out to establish his own reputation, declares a prize painting from the lord's collection to be in fact an even rarer, and pricier, work than had been thought.

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"The story is told with all Mr. James’ delicate humor and gift for keen analysis." —Booklist

"The subject…has been handled with ingenuity, not without humor, with a fine effect of sharpness and perspicacity. That is Mr. James’s way. There are many fine phrases, crisply expressive, admirable flashes." —The New York Times

"If you thought you knew all the books of Henry James, think again— this one, James’ last, is largely unknown because it’s been out of print since its original publication in 1911. God knows why, though — it’s a delightful, surprisingly light-hearted take on James’ favorite topic, the clash of cultures…" —mobylives.com
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The subject....has been handled with ingenuity, not without humor, with a fine effect of sharpness and perspicacity. That is Mr. James's way. There are many fine phrases, crisply expressive, admirable flashes.
Library Journal
In The Other House (1896), James presents a man who is sought after by three women. He attempts to please them all but in so doing sacrifices his relationship with his young daughter. The Outcry (1911) is James's last novel and long unavailable. He pokes fun at the upper crust in the form of both a wealthy American scouring England for art and a down-on-his-luck British lord looking to separate the Yank from as much of his cash as possible. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590170007
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
New York Review Books Classics Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
899,385
Product dimensions:
4.95(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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