- The Buccaneers
"The Buccaneers" is the last novel written by
Edith Wharton. It was unfinished at the time of her death in 1937, and published in that form in 1938. After careful study of the synopsis and notes, Wharton scholar Marion Mainwaringfinished the novel, which was published by Viking Pressin 1993. Independently, the same year the BBChired screenwriter Maggie Wadey to adapt and finish the novel for a television serial adaptation, which was produced by the BBC and American PBSbroadcaster WGBH, and screened on BBC Onein the UK and in the " Masterpiece Theatre" strand in the United States, airing in 1995. As a result the novel has two different endings. A previous television series was produced by ITC Entertainmentin 1956.
The story revolves around five wealthy and ambitious American girls, their guardians, and the titled, land-rich but cash-poor Englishmen who marry them as the girls participate in the London Season in search of a titled English gentleman for matrimonial purposes.
It is a story of the values and morals held by fashionable society at that particular time, when it was considered more important to marry for social position than for romantic love. The novel is also a poignant example of art imitating life, since one of the storylines closely resembles the real story of the ill-fated marriage of heiress
Consuelo Vanderbiltand the Duke of Marlborough, and other — with lady Randolph Churchill's marriage.
List of characters
* Nan St. George
* Virginia St. George
* Conchita Closson
* Lizzy Elmsworth
* Laura Testvalley, governess
María Consuelo Yznaga del Valle
* [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/archive/168/168.html "Masterpiece Theatre"'s synopsis]
* [http://www.current.org/prog/prog516b.html Article in "Current" on the controversial TV adaptation]
* [http://imdb.com/title/tt0111902/ The Buccaneers (1995) at imdb.com]
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