The Outcry

The Outcry

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by Henry James
     
 

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The Outcry, Henry James's last published novel, is an effervescent comedy of money and manners. An impoverished English lord and an American plutocrat clash when a young art connoisseur, out to make a splash, declares the prize painting from the lord's collection to be in fact an even rarer, and pricier, painting than anyone had ever thought. Featuring characters

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The Outcry, Henry James's last published novel, is an effervescent comedy of money and manners. An impoverished English lord and an American plutocrat clash when a young art connoisseur, out to make a splash, declares the prize painting from the lord's collection to be in fact an even rarer, and pricier, painting than anyone had ever thought. Featuring characters based on J. P. Morgan and Bernard Berenson, The Outcry is one of the most amusing and surprising performances of a great literary master, and is now back in print after 90 years.

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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
New York Times
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:
1,176,868
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Henry James (1843–1916), the younger brother of the psychologist William James and one of the greatest of American writers, was born in New York but lived for most of his life in England. Among the best known of his many stories and novels are The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw, and The Wings of the Dove. In addition to The New York Stories of Henry James, New York Review Classics has published several long-unavailable James novels: The Other House, The Outcry, andThe Ivory Tower.

Jean Strouse is the author of Alice James, A Biography andMorgan, American Financier. A Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, she lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
April 15, 1843
Date of Death:
February 28, 1916
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

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The Outcry 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Benny is in a nightmare. Not in reality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watches Hypnos, waiting for a chance to strike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Bloody hell. Let's get you out of here." He looks over at Benny. "I'm taking Nathan back to camp." He picks Nathan up over his shoulder and flies off to camp.
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Maximillian More than 1 year ago
Henry James is regarded as a great American author. However, reading this novel brings home the fact of his many years of residence in England. The language is just too convoluted for my taste. The story was certainly worth a read and some thought, but there really was no action. I'm just not a huge fan of 20th century Enlish style and themes I guess. Maybe other readers will like it more.