The Buccaneers

Paperback | October 1, 1994

byEdith Wharton, Marion Mainwaring

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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.

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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

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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 charm...

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 charac...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.9 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140232028

ISBN - 13:9780140232028

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Buccaneers The Buccaneers is classic Wharton. A deft critique of 19th century American and British society. I found the ending to be unexpected given Wharton's usual style, but Mainwaring did an admirable job. The characters quickly draw you into their world, making it an engrossing read. The Buccaneers is a tale of duty, happiness, marriage and family. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 1999-10-26

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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

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"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