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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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.
Christine Williams is a singer and actor based in Ashland, Oregon. Her performance credits include productions at regional theaters and on concert stages across the country and around the world, from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Barbican Centre in London to the Aspen Music Festival and the Grotowski Institute in Poland.From Booklist:
Perceptive, bright, adaptive, and hardworking, Emily Post, the arbiter of popular custom and culture, became one of the most influential women in America. She wrote novels and articles and was a popular radio personality, among other endeavors. Post elevated the universal perception of the value of etiquette, considering it a reflection of character. The frequent reprinting of her guide was a testament to her continuing influence. Williams’ interpretation is right on the mark with her pacing and inflection. When necessary, her French pronunciations are smooth and accurate, and she responds differentially to the varied events in Post’s life. Even if her vocal range is somewhat limited and her delivery merely competent, the biography enhances listeners’ understanding of and appreciation for Post’s life. --Barbara Baskin
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