What Would Mrs. Astor Do?: The Essential Guide to the Manners and Mores of the Gilded Age

Cecelia Tichi (Author)

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$24.95  $22.95
New York University Press
Publish Date
November 27, 2018
5.9 X 8.0 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Cecelia Tichi is a native of Pittsburgh, the "Steel City" of the Gilded Age, and is an award-winning author and Professor of American literature and culture at Vanderbilt University. Her books include Civic Passions: Seven Who Launched Progressive America and What Would Mrs. Astor Do? The Essential Guide to the Manners and Mores of the Gilded Age. Cecelia currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.


"Tichidelivers a crisp survey of New Yorks upper-class world in the late 19th century, using society maven Caroline Astor as the guide...Presented with a breezy authority that keeps the pages turning, Tichi's book will captivate those interested in a light look at Americas fashionable gentry of eras past."--Publishers Weekly
"A new etiquette guide...has just turned up, offering further proof that sliding around the naughty edges of society can be as informative as it is entertaining."--Alida Becker "The New York Times Books Review "
"Everyone followed the rules that Mrs. Astor laid down from the number of courses to be served at dinner to the appropriate time to arrive at the opera. The exteriors of life in this upper echelon are the subject of... What Would Mrs. Astor Do?.This was a society founded on exclusivity, with floods of tears from those who didn't receive an invitation to Mrs. Astor's annual ball."--Anne de Courcy "The Wall Street Journal "