Back in 1909 Henry James had planned this as a play, which it never became. *
He had tried to become a successful playwright on the London stages since the 1890s (although being contemporary to Oscar Wilde didn't help, as Guy Domville was simply swept aside by The Importance of Being Earnest), had meanwhile given up the whole idea and moved on to write his now infamous 'major phase' trilogy, only to give the stage another go. If my memory doesn't fail me, this time he was almost through with it: the production was set & all. And then Edward VII died in 1910, causing the theatres to be shut down in mourning. Sorry about that, Henry.
James then adapted the script and published it as a novel in 1911. Ironically, it would be the last of his published novels, and the first to posthumously follow his brother William's suggestion to please stop writing bloody unreadable stuff. The Outcry is in fact a peculiar work in the Henry James canon, utterly lacking, for obvious reasons, the introspection that characterized (i.e. burdened) his previous efforts. It is short and based largely on dialogue and fast action (well, 'action' according to Henry James's standards).
Very fancy edition by the New York Review of Books.
* actually, according to wikipedia it did, posthumously, in 1917....Continua