The official tie-in edition to the five-part Masterpiece Theatre production, airing October 8-November 5, 1995. Nan and Ginny's considerable beauty is not enough to win over 1870s New York society to their "new" money. Their undaunted governess launches them on the impoverished British aristocracy, who are only too willing to trade a title for a ...
The official tie-in edition to the five-part Masterpiece Theatre production, airing October 8-November 5, 1995. Nan and Ginny's considerable beauty is not enough to win over 1870s New York society to their "new" money. Their undaunted governess launches them on the impoverished British aristocracy, who are only too willing to trade a title for a fortune--but they have not reckoned with the strong wills of the "buccaneers". Color photos.
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Publishers Weekly, 1993-06-28 Aided by the gifted Mainwaring, Wharton delivers a posthumous gift to both the high and the low of brow with this novel, which was left unfinished at her death in 1937 and published in its incomplete state a year later. While filled with glamorous, class-obsessed characters and plot lines that Krantz and Sheldon might envy, it is a work of beauty--a grandly executed, full-scale counterpart to Wharton's classic story ``Roman Fever.'' Here, a Mrs. St. George, a matron of the 1870s whose husband has means but no social standing, schemes to advance her daughters' prospects; she hires a well-connected British governess, Laura Testvalley. The governess's taste and sensibilities make her the perfect commentator on the caste-consciousness of the other characters, both the parvenus and the British aristocrats whose sons are eventually conquered by the ``buccaneers,'' bold American daughters of rich fathers. The suggestion of cynicism, meanwhile, is elegantly balanced by an infusion of romance. Wharton's superb sophistication and literary virtues need no enumeration, and Mainwaring, who completed the novel in accordance with Wharton's notes and outlines, is also to be heartily commended. Her entrance, about three-fifths of the way through, goes unheralded by notes or typographical fanfare--and it is so smooth and so assured that it will likely go undetected by the reader. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection; film rights to Twentieth Century-Fox. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1994-09-19 Mainwaring commendably completes Wharton's unfinished novel about five wealthy American women seeking entrance into elite society by marrying British aristocrats. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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