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