Fast and Loose and The Buccaneers

Fast and Loose and The Buccaneers

by Edith Wharton
     
 

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With an Edith Wharton revival well under way, Fast and Loose, a romantic first novel begun when Wharton was fourteen and The Buccaneers, left unfinished when she died at seventy-five, are now back in print and available for the first time in one edition. The rich parallels seen when the two novels are presented together, along with Viola Hopkins Winner's critical

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With an Edith Wharton revival well under way, Fast and Loose, a romantic first novel begun when Wharton was fourteen and The Buccaneers, left unfinished when she died at seventy-five, are now back in print and available for the first time in one edition. The rich parallels seen when the two novels are presented together, along with Viola Hopkins Winner's critical Introduction, make this volume far greated than the sum of its parts.

University of Virginia Press

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As the alpha and omega of a brilliant literary career, the two works gathered here are of interest chiefly to scholars. Fast and Loose , Wharton's first full-length work, was composed in 1876-77 when she was only 14, and, although its thematic concern with social standing and individual happiness anticipates the novels of her maturity, its plotting and characterization clearly reveal the hand of a juvenile. The boldest and most original section, in fact, is outside the work itself. Her own harshest (and truest) critic, Wharton appended three ``reviews,'' one of which reads: ``Is not the author very, very like a sick-sentimental school-girl who has begun her work with a fierce and bloody resolve to make it as bad as certain popular fiction & has ended with a blush, & a general erasure of all the naughty words which her modest vocabulary could furnish?'' By contrast, The Buccaneers , left unfinished at Wharton's death in 1937, manifests a consummate artistry. (See Fiction Forecasts, June 28, for a review of Viking's Buccaneers as completed by Marion Mainwaring.) Included here is a facsimile of the version published by Wharton's literary executor in 1938; although Winner's textual notes are purely academic (e.g., ``That Eglinton girl had'' in one manuscript reads as ``That Eglinton girl there'' in another), her edition valiantly preserves the manuscript as a work-in-progress. Winner edited The Letters of Henry Adams. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813914831
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
11/28/1993
Pages:
514
Product dimensions:
5.57(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.55(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Viola Hopkins Winner, an editor of The Letters of Henry Adams, has written widely on American literature.

University of Virginia Press

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 24, 1862
Date of Death:
August 11, 1937
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Education:
Educated privately in New York and Europe

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