This new edition of 'The Outcry', a witty satire on money, art and the media, is the first since its original publication in 1911. Adapted from his earlier stage play, it was Henry James's last completed novel.
Inspired by a real-life contemporary scandal, this tantalising little-known work centres on the outcry caused when a brash American comes to England intent on buying up her finest art treasures. Mr Breckenridge Bender's hobby is pursuing expensive works of art - and Lord Theign has the "ideally expensive" painting that he is looking for.
Theign needs the money to pay off his wayward daughter's gambling debts, but his friends and relations are violently opposed to the sale and plot to save the picture. Old money and values clash with new, and the ensuring battle causes a public sensation.