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Emily Post : daughter of the Gilded Age, mistress of American manners
Laura Claridge
Adult Nonfiction BJ1854 .C584 2008

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Claridge (Norman Rockwell: A Life), a former English professor, has produced what is called the first authoritative biography of the original etiquette expert, Emily Post (1873-1960). Growing up in Baltimore, Manhattan, and exclusive Tuxedo Park, NY, Emily Price observed the habits of the East Coast's elite families but never quite felt that she belonged to this circle. A cold marriage to Edwin Post ended in a scandalous divorce in 1906, whereupon Emily Post turned to writing, including journalism and fiction, to support herself and two sons. In 1922, nearing age 50, Post switched genres. She published Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and the Home, which became a best seller and spawned many updates and related publications. "Emily Post" came to be synonymous with good manners, a household name because of her appealing message to the middle class that manners and genuine kindness would trump nouveau riche behavior or snobbery. Unfortunately, having spent seven years researching and writing her book, Claridge includes too many tedious details about Post, while her attempts to connect Post's life to contemporary American social history are not in sufficient depth to be successful. However, as this is the first full biography of Post, public libraries may wish to consider purchase anyway.--Kathryn Stewart, the History Factory, Chantilly, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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