A rich American art-collector and his daughter Maggie buy in for
themselves and to their greater glory a beautiful young wife and a
noble husband. They do not know that Charlotte and Prince Amerigo
were formerly lovers, nor that on the eve of the Prince's marriage
they had discovered, in a Bloomsbury antique shop, a golden bowl
with a secret flaw. When the golden bowl is broken, Maggie must
leave the security of her childhood and try to reassemble the
pieces of her shattered happiness. In this, the last of his three
great poetic masterpieces, James combined with a dazzling
virtuosity elements of social comedy, of mystery, terror, and myth.
The Golden Bowl is the most controversial, ambiguous, and
sophisticated of James's novels.