Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners
“What would Emily Post do?” Even today, Americans cite the author of the perennial bestseller Etiquette as a touchstone for proper behavior. But who was the woman behind the myth, the authority on good manners who has outlasted all comers? Award-winning author Laura Claridge presents the first authoritative biography of the unforgettable woman who changed the mindset of mi...more
Like all good stories about southerners, the book starts with Emily's family. It talks about her grandparents and spends a LOT of time on her parents.
I'm not sure the biographer really liked Emily. She seemed to think Emily didn't do en ...more
I guess it boils down to Claridge's writing. Although the book is well-researched, the narrative is bogged down with data. For example, Claridge includes descriptions of many of Emily's outfits, but never discusses the significance of clothing in Emily's life. Likewise, ...more
The author seamlessly interweaves the life and history of Emily Post with the people and times of her life, giving a full portrait of what it was like to live in the "Gilded Age" and how a personality such as Emily Post was created.
My only real criticism is that the last few chapters felt more like listing the changes she made in her book, and her professional appearances rather than actually discussing her l ...more
Emily Post has always been a name synonymous with manners and etiquette, but Claridge, the authoress, delves deep into Post's life and brings forth to the reader a new dimension to a seemingly pigeonholed woman. Post's achievements as a fiction au ...more
And, admittedly, I haven't really used it to answer questions on the reference desk. Turns out today's 20-somethings aren't all that interested in etiquette, eithe ...more
The photo is of Emily Price wearing the most gorge ...more
This ended up being a decent enough biography though more than one sentence had a strange turn and more then a few sentences didn ...more
In a way the author includes way too much background material, interrupting ...more
The lively details about ...more
1/22/13, about 65 pages in: pretty slow so far, though there was a lot of biographical information about Emily's parents and grandparents. The author is hitting the same themes over and over again: that Emily idolized her father, that she understood money and its uses, that her parents treated their servants well and Emily learned from their example, that New York was growing architecturally as well as socially (new money crowding old money). I'm not loving ...more
If you only know Emily Post by reputation as a fussy old-fashioned purveyor of rules about forks, try this or "By Motor to the G ...more