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Animating Maria
Chesney, Marion.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1936, Marion Chesney has written over a hundred books under her own name and the pseudonyms Ann Fairfax, Helen Crampton, Jennie Tremaine, Charlotte Ward, Sarah Chester, and M. C. Beaton. She started her writing career while working as a fiction buyer for a bookstore in Glasgow.

Working at one time or another as a theater critic, newspaper reporter, and editor, she used her British background to write a series of regency romances set in England and Scotland. Some of her regency romances include The Folly, Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue, and Regency Gold. In 1986, she was awarded the Romantic Times Award for Outstanding Regency Series Writer.

She has also written two mystery series under the pseudonym M. C. Beaton: The Hamish Macbeth Series, which became the inspiration for a television show in England, and The Agatha Raisin Series, about a retired advertising executive.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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The fifth volume in Chesney's School for Manners series of regency romances is as delightful as its predecessors, which include Finessing Clarissa [BKL O 15 89]. Two society spinsters, fallen on hard times, groom young ladies in the social graces, helping them gain acceptance in society and, eventually, a profitable marriage. The ladies' latest client, Maria, the daughter of "pushy, mushroom sort of people," already has the proper demeanor; it is her parents who require schooling. The resulting humor and high spirits are sure to entertain Chesney's loyal following. --Denise Perry Donavin