||Emily Post grew up in a refined moneyed world at the end of the 19th century, and became, after a disastrous marriage to a banker, the preeminent voice of etiquette and social niceties (and social order) through her massively popular--and still in print--EMILY POST'S ETIQUETTE. Laura Claridge has written a wonderfully entertaining biography of Post, showing her contradictions, her kindness, and her gradual acceptance of the world's changing ways; for example, in later editions of ETIQUETTE not everyone was required to have three servants. EMILY POST: DAUGHTER OF THE GILDED AGE, MISTRESS OF AMERICAN MANNERS is a fascinating portrait of a woman who lived through, and in many ways embodied, the shift from the old world to the modern age.
||In an engaging book that sweeps from the Gilded Age to the 1960s, award-winning author Laura Claridge presents the first authoritative biography of Emily Post, who changed the mindset of millions of Americans with Etiquette, a perennial bestseller and touchstone of proper behavior.A daughter of high society and one of Manhattan’s most sought-after debutantes, Emily Price married financier Edwin Post. It was a hopeful union that ended in scandalous divorce. But the trauma forced Emily Post to become her own person. After writing novels for fifteen years, Emily took on a different sort of project. When it debuted in 1922, Etiquette represented a fifty-year-old woman at her wisest–and a country at its wildest. Claridge addresses the secret of Etiquette’s tremendous success and gives us a panoramic view of the culture from which it took its shape, as its author meticulously updated her book twice a decade to keep it consistent with America’s constantly changing social landscape. Now, nearly fifty years after Emily Post’s death, we still feel her enormous influence on how we think Best Society should behave.