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

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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.3 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

Laura Claridge is the author of several books, including Norman Rockwell: A Life and Tamara de Lempicka: A Life of Deco and Decadence. Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. Claridge received her Ph.D. in British Romanticism and literary theory and was a tenured professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis until 1997. She has written features and reviews for The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor and has appeared frequently in the national media, including Today, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley.


"The story of [Emily Post's] life is full of surprises."--USA Today

"Compelling reading-a biography as rich and engaging as a portrait by John Singer Sargent." --Daniel Mark Epstein, author of The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

"Meticulously researched . . . a rich portrait of an era."--Entertainment Weekly

"A rich, almost novelistic portrait of a woman [who] embodied the dramatic changes that transformed American society."--Chicago Tribune

"It is something of a surprise nearly fifty years after Emily Post's death to be reminded that there was a real person behind the name. . . . And it is to Laura Claridge's credit that she has written the first full biography of Post. An exhaustive researcher, Ms. Claridge . . . has in this book provided beguiling new details about the taxonomies that governed Post's life."--New York Times