Mr Breckenbridge Bender's hobby is pursuing expensive works of art - and Lord Theign has an "ideally expensive" painting. Theign needs the money to pay off his daughter's gambling debts, but his friends and relations are violently opposed to the sale and plot to save the picture.
THE OUTCRY is James' last novel. At the heart of the story is a questions of attribution: Lord Theign owns a painting which has for generations been known as a Moretto, but which may in fact be a Montavano, and whereas a Moretto, costing a mere 10,000 pounds holds no interest whatsoever for the acquisitive Mr Bender, a Montavano - at 100,000 pounds - most definitely does. In typical Jamesian fashion the vulgarities of the attribution and notoriety of the painting are kept off stage. Written first as a play and then novelised, THE OUTCRY is only available in this Penguin edition.
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American expatriate writer Henry James was born in 1843 in New York City and was educated in New York, London, Paris, and Geneva James settled permanently in England in 1875 becoming a British subject 1915. His masterly fiction justaposed American innocence and European experience in a series of intense, psychologically complex works. James was a prolific author, and his writing includes, in addition to fiction, a substantial body of literary criticism and travel essays. He died in 1916.
The Outcry by Henry James
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