Hardcover book is in very good condition; dust jacket in same condition. Dust jacket shows some signs of shelf wear on edges of dust jacket. Inside pages are clean; no stains and no photos. 406 pages long. ISBN 0670852198. Approx: 9 ½ by 6 ½ by 1 ½. 1993 edition. Publisher: Viking Penguin. Additional pictures of condition are always available. Please note this book is not about pirates.
BOOK DESCRIPTION FROM DUST JACKET: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a bestseller in her own day, Edith Wharton was the premier chronicles of society - its manners and mores - from the turn of the century through the 1930's. In the Buccaneers, her last novel, she created two of her finest female characters: the young romantic Nan St. George and her English governess, Laura Testvalley, whom Wharton's biographer R. W. B. Lewis calls "so richly complex a person, endowed with so much humanity, that she threatens to run away with the narrative. The novel opens at the height of the 1876 racing season in Saratoga, New York, where mothers with new money assess their daughter's competition in the marriage market. It moves to London, where the St. George and Elmsworth girls go because the rigid guardians of American Society will not accept them. The dukes, lords, and marquesses of England, on the other hand, are delighted not only with the girl's beauty but with their father's bounty - just what is needed to revitalize impoverished British estates. It is Miss Testvalley who suggests the journey abroad, and she who recognizes that Nan - though less beautiful than her sister and less finished than her friends - has the capacity to love, deeply and defiantly. The novel closes with a romance that violates convention on both sides of the ocean. Death ended Edith Wharton's work on a novel which might have been her masterpiece, said Times magazine in 1938. Now, Marion Mainwaring has completed the story, meticulously and imaginatively following Wharton's directions. The result is a book any Wharton enthusiast will celebrate and any romantic reader will love-a rich, beautifully nuanced classic for all time. Edith Wharton was born in 1862 into an old, moneyed American family. She married unhappily and then turned to writing, publishing more than forty books, including short stories, poetry, war reportage, travel writing, and her renowned novels, among them The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and Summer. An expatriate, she died in France in 1937. Marian Mainwaring has studied the work of Edith Wharton for several decades and assisted R.W.B. Lewis in researching his award winning biography. Author of Murder in Pastiche, she lives in Boston. Any questions please email me.