Towards the end of last year there was some conversation to a prequel to Downton Abby being written and how it would be like Edith Warton’s 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. Wharton’s manuscript ends with Lizzy’s inviting Nan to a house party to which Guy Thwarte has also been invited. After careful study of the synopsis and notes, Wharton scholar Marion Mainwaring finished the novel, which was published by Penguin Books in 1993.(from Wikipedia)
Description from Goodreads:
Nan and Jinny St George have both wealth and beauty in generous supply. In the New York society of the 1870s, however, only those with old money can achieve the status of the elite, and it is here that the sisters seem doomed to failure.
Nan’s new governess, Laura Testvalley, herself an outsider, takes pity on their plight and launches them instead on the unsuspecting British aristocracy. Lords, dukes, marquesses and MPs, it seems, not only appreciate beauty, but also the money that New York’s nouveaux riches can supply.
A love story of love and marriage among the old and new moneyed classes, The Buccaneers is a delicately perceptive portrayal of a world on the brink of change.
In 1995 the BBC release a miniseries and tie in book with their own completed story created by screenwriter Maggie Wadey. Angela Mackworth-Young wrote the compeletion to the novel based on Maggie Wadey’s screenplay.