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The Buccaneers

by Edith Wharton, Marion Mainwaring

Penguin Books | September 14, 1994 | Trade Paperback |

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Set in the 1870s, the same period as Wharton''s The Age of Innocence, The Buccaneers is about five wealthy American girls denied entry into New York Society because their parents'' money is too new. At the suggestion of their clever governess, the girls sail to London, where they marry lords, earls, and dukes who find their beauty charming—and their wealth extremely useful.

After Wharton''s death in 1937, The Christian Science Monitor said, "If it could have been completed, The Buccaneers would doubtless stand among the richest and most sophisticated of Wharton''s novels." Now, with wit and imagination, Marion Mainwaring has finished the story, taking her cue from Wharton''s own synopsis. It is a novel any Wharton fan will celebrate and any romantic reader will love. This is the richly engaging story of Nan St. George and guy Thwarte, an American heiress and an English aristocrat, whose love breaks the rules of both their societies.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0.39 in

Published: September 14, 1994

Publisher: Penguin Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140232028

ISBN - 13: 9780140232028

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The Buccaneers

The Buccaneers

by Edith Wharton, Marion Mainwaring

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0.39 in

Published: September 14, 1994

Publisher: Penguin Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140232028

ISBN - 13: 9780140232028

From the Publisher

Set in the 1870s, the same period as Wharton''s The Age of Innocence, The Buccaneers is about five wealthy American girls denied entry into New York Society because their parents'' money is too new. At the suggestion of their clever governess, the girls sail to London, where they marry lords, earls, and dukes who find their beauty charming—and their wealth extremely useful.

After Wharton''s death in 1937, The Christian Science Monitor said, "If it could have been completed, The Buccaneers would doubtless stand among the richest and most sophisticated of Wharton''s novels." Now, with wit and imagination, Marion Mainwaring has finished the story, taking her cue from Wharton''s own synopsis. It is a novel any Wharton fan will celebrate and any romantic reader will love. This is the richly engaging story of Nan St. George and guy Thwarte, an American heiress and an English aristocrat, whose love breaks the rules of both their societies.

About the Author

Edith Wharton was a woman of extreme contrasts; brought up to be a leisured aristocrat, she was also dedicated to her career as a writer. She wrote novels of manners about the old New York society from which she came, but her attitude was consistently critical. Her irony and her satiric touches, as well as her insight into human character, continue to appeal to readers today. As a child, Wharton found refuge from the demands of her mother's social world in her father's library and in making up stories. Her marriage at age 23 to Edward ("Teddy") Wharton seemed to confirm her place in the conventional role of wealthy society woman, but she became increasingly dissatisfied with the "mundanities" of her marriage and turned to writing, which drew her into an intellectual community and strengthened her sense of self. After publishing two collections of short stories, The Greater Inclination (1899) and Crucial Instances (1901), she wrote her first novel, The Valley of Decision (1902), a long, historical romance set in eighteenth-century Italy. Her next work, the immensely popular The House of Mirth (1905), was a scathing criticism of her own "frivolous" New York society and its capacity to destroy her heroine, the beautiful Lily Bart. As Wharton became more established as a successful writer, Teddy's mental health declined and their marriage deteriorated. In 1907 she left America altogether and settled in Paris, where she wrote some of her most memorable stories of harsh New England
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From Our Editors

Finally finished by writer Marion Mainwaring, Edith Wharton's timeless story is as riveting today as any written in her own time. Set in the 1870s, The Buccaneers is about five wealthy American girls whose money is too "new" to get them into society

Editorial Reviews

"Brave, lively, engaging . . . a fairy-tale novel, miraculouly returned to life"
—The New York Times Book Review

"The Buccaneers brilliantly showcases Wharton near the top of her form."
—Chicago Tribune

"Mainwaring has added gloss to the story''s original elegance and wit, and the novel emerges like a master''s painting from the hands of a highly skilled restorer."
—Leon Edel

"Mainwaring''s version of The Buccaneers is a tour de force. . . . [She] deserves high marks for her ingenuity, novelistic skill, and critical intelligence."
—USA Today

"A sense of unobtrusive accuracy of tone and detail prevails throughout Ms. Mainwaring''s [writing]. . . . It''s hard to imagine a better writer equipped to take on Edith Wharton."
—The Wall Street Journal
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