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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (284 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Claridge Narrator: Christine Williams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • “[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.”

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  • “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.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by J | 2/19/2014

    " Easily the best thing I read in 2008. Normally I dislike works this long (500+ pages), but who knew this one woman's life contained so much history? Her father was a famous architect (worked on the base of the Statue of Liberty), her family friends founded Tuxedo Park--for those who like New York history, this is wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 2/15/2014

    " slow start, excellent description of wealthy life at the turn of the century. Enjoyed the connection between ethics and etiquette "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ryan | 2/7/2014

    " So I think there's a reason that I was never remotely interested in Emily Post's Rules of Etiquette. I only picked this up because the intro regarding her public humiliation over her husband affairs was so interesting, but it's not worth slugging through 400+ pages of prissy, daddy-obsessed Emily to get there. I just kept falling asleep too much while reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kirsten | 1/21/2014

    " This is an engaging portrait of Emily Post. Her life spanned the post-Civil War era to the Kennedy administration, and reflects many of the societal changes that took place in that era. I had no idea she was a novelist *and* amateur architect. (I will have to look for her novels.) The best sections are the first half (her childhood and youth) and the ones detailing her work on _Etiquette_; otherwise the book does tend (as biographies so often do) to get a little bogged down in superfluous detail. But the character and the personality of Emily herself sparkle on these pages, and the best parts of the book are where that shines forth. "

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