Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners

By Laura Claridge
Read by Christine Williams

18.22 Hours 10/14/2008 unabridged
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The first biography of the iconic woman whose name stands for good manners, Emily Post tells the story of a woman who steadfastly recorded the shifting, tumultuous historical epochs that shaped her—and that she helped shape. From the excesses of the late nineteenth-century Gilded Age, through the horrors of World War I, to the transformations of the Roaring Twenties that gave birth to her magisterial Etiquette, Emily Post unfailingly took the measure of her era. A Baltimore blue blood with a populist heart, she helped the masses live the American Dream with her hugely popular book, which has been continuously in print for over eighty-five years.

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Summary

Summary

The first biography of the iconic woman whose name stands for good manners, Emily Post tells the story of a woman who steadfastly recorded the shifting, tumultuous historical epochs that shaped her—and that she helped shape. From the excesses of the late nineteenth-century Gilded Age, through the horrors of World War I, to the transformations of the Roaring Twenties that gave birth to her magisterial Etiquette, Emily Post unfailingly took the measure of her era. A Baltimore blue blood with a populist heart, she helped the masses live the American Dream with her hugely popular book, which has been continuously in print for over eighty-five years.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[The] absorbing study of a keenly perceptive ethicist second only to Eleanor Roosevelt in the immensity of her influence…Claridge greatly deepens our appreciation for Post’s achievements and brings forward the impressive woman behind the do’s and don’ts.” Booklist (starred review)
“Claridge does an excellent job putting Emily Post’s life and work in historical context…Claridge also shows how Etiquette served as a guidebook for the middle and immigrant classes as they strove to take their share of the American dream…Perhaps nothing shows the continuing popularity of Emily Post’s work more than its status as the second most-stolen book in the New York public library system for much of the 20th century. Claridge’s Emily Post is not only a fascinating look at a woman who managed to conquer many worlds in her time, it is also a social biography of the changing face of the United States during the twentieth century.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: Laura Claridge

Laura Claridge received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 2005 as well as the J. Anthony Lukas Award for Emily Post as a work in progress. Her books, which include Norman Rockwell: A Life, have been translated into multiple languages. The author has frequently appeared in the media, including NBC, BBC, CSPAN, NPR and The Today Show. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 18.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English