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ISBN-13: 978-1619492394 ISBN-10: 1619492393

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Etiquette Books (July 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619492393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619492394
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trendspotting Oh, Behave! From grandes dames of good behavior and modern advocates of fabulousness, manners make a comeback. ""Emily Post is the literary It Girl of the moment, and she has Joan Didion to thank for it. Despite the fact that she's been dead for nearly fifty years, Post and her seminal guide to good manners, Etiquette, have come up in nearly every review of Didion's best-selling new memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. Critics can't resist mentioning that in the dark days after her husband's death in late 2003, Didion found great solace in the ""Funerals"" chapter of Etiquette's first edition, published in 1922. Psychologists, poets, and philosophers could theorize all they wanted about the stages of grief and how to cope, but in Post, Didion found the reasoned voice that really offered relief. It was the relief of ritual -- of an established code of conduct that could safely transport her from one difficult moment to the next, without the burden of hand-wringing analysis."" -- Blair Campbell ""East Bay Express"" (10/26/2005)


Trendspotting Oh, Behave! From grandes dames of good behavior and modern advocates of fabulousness, manners make a comeback. ""Emily Post is the literary It Girl of the moment, and she has Joan Didion to thank for it. Despite the fact that she's been dead for nearly fifty years, Post and her seminal guide to good manners, Etiquette, have come up in nearly every review of Didion's best-selling new memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. Critics can't resist mentioning that in the dark days after her husband's death in late 2003, Didion found great solace in the ""Funerals"" chapter of Etiquette's first edition, published in 1922. Psychologists, poets, and philosophers could theorize all they wanted about the stages of grief and how to cope, but in Post, Didion found the reasoned voice that really offered relief. It was the relief of ritual -- of an established code of conduct that could safely transport her from one difficult moment to the next, without the burden of hand-wringing analysis.""
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Peggy Post represents a new generation of Post etiquette, assuming the role of author and spokesperson from Elizabeth L. Post. As America's etiquette expert, Peggy has provided advice through her monthly column in Good Housekeeping and her quarterly column in Parents magazine, through appearances on syndicated programs including Oprah and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, and in hundreds of newspapers and radio stations across the United States.

More About the Author

Emily Post began her career as a writer at the age of thirty-one. Her romantic stories of European and American society were serialized in Vanity Fair, Collier's, McCall's, and other popular magazines. Many were also successfully published in book form.

Upon its publication in 1922, her book, Etiquette, topped the nonfiction bestseller list, and the phrase "according to Emily Post" soon entered our language as the last word on the subject of social conduct. Mrs. Post, who as a girl had been told that well-bred women should not work, was suddenly a pioneering American career woman. Her numerous books, a syndicated newspaper column, and a regular network radio program made Emily Post a figure of national stature and importance throughout the rest of her life.

THE EMILY POST INSTITUTE, INC., is one of America's most unique family businesses. In addition to authoring books, the company hosts emilypost.com and etiquettedaily.com, conducts business etiquette and corporate civility seminars nationwide, and offers custom wedding invitations and social stationery in partnership with M. Middleton.

Customer Reviews

This book is just as relevant today as it was when it was written.
Jesse Dennerlein
I also think the way the book is written makes it a little difficult to read; it is overly wordy in a weird way.
Katie
The book was published in 2007, but there is no information about the edition date.
DHB

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By saint4God on March 31, 2011
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While the book is chock full of detailed what to and not to do, the most impressive points to me were the explanations of why certain etiquettes exists. Putting heart in to what's usually regarded as a mental or social game, Ms. Post breathes a life of understanding into what otherwise would be a trite lexicon of customs. To the modern individual, it promotes ideas of selfless acts and words to create a better society, just be advised of the pitfalls of judgementalism, acts for the sake of routine, and false demeanor. Putting these latter three social sins aside, the book can be quite beneficial as well as enjoyable!
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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful By DHB on January 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
There is some valuable information in this book. Unfortunately, you have to wade through chapters on Teas, Debutantes, Country Houses, Balls, Club Etiquette, Position in the Community, Household Help and other subjects. The book was published in 2007, but there is no information about the edition date. I suspect it might be a soft cover of the 1922 edition. The book is over 400 pages of small print with no index and there is also no copyright date, which is puzzling. The book is an amusing look into the inner workings of "society", but not for people looking for a practical etiquette book.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on February 24, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
My main complaint is that it is impossible to use the kindle version of this book as a reference book as there is no navigation between chapters, nor is there a table of contents.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on January 12, 2012
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This is a Kindle version of the original, 1920s version of Emily Post's Etiquette. I mostly downloaded it out of nostalgia: When I was a kid, there was a battered old copy of Etiquette in the basement of our house (possibly even left by the original occupants; the house was built in 1928). It got unearthed when I was about ten years old, and I read it voraciously. It was the 1980s, so it was incredibly outdated even then, but I loved it for the glimpse I got of upper-class life in the early twentieth century (it's filled with anecdotes and vivid "characters," so it's not just a dry list of rules). And I was reading old novels at the time, like those of L.M. Montgomery, so it shed some light on social customs that came up in those novels.

It also inspired me to, for a little while, start writing a (hilariously bad in retrospect) novel of my own about a family from the period. There were three daughters: one a debutante, one a little girl just graduating from the nursery, and one a sullen tween who was annoyed that no one was fussing over her! There was more of me in that last character than I admitted at the time. Emily Post's book made me want a debut of my own, and it irked me that I was too young and that hardly anybody threw debutante balls anymore anyway.

So, of course I downloaded it when I saw it was free on Kindle, and I reread it. A little bit of it is still applicable today. Most of it, though, is more of a look at how the wealthy lived in the 1920s and so could be useful to anyone who, like my former 10-year-old self, is reading or writing fiction set in the period. It's also something of a roman à clef; I wish there were a key somewhere that revealed who Mrs. Worldly, Mrs. Gilding, and their friends really were.

The downside of the Kindle edition is that the formatting of sample invitations, calling cards, etc. is absent. The upside is that it's much lighter than the print copy I remember!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on November 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The first edition of this seminal work was published in 1922.

Revised editions were released in 1927, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1940, and 1942.

An important and major revision occurred with the 1945 edition "Completely Rewritten and Reset Including Military Etiquette and Post-War Etiquette" which was "Illustrated with Photographs and Facsimiles of Social Forms."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Kaysville Reader on July 19, 2011
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Know what you're getting into before reading this and you might like it. It's an older etiquette book and doesn't apply to many modern situations and certainly not to my life in general, but it was interesting to read.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alexa Porter on January 27, 2010
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I thought it would be fun to have an Emily Post Etiquette book from 1945; it the year I was born, and also to see how WWII affected social behavior. Turns out the book was originally printed in 1945 but reprinted several times after that, so the resulting book was actually a 1960's version with the 6o's hair and dresses - not what I wanted. It should have been advertised as a "1965" Emily Post book instead of a 1945 Emily Post book, so it was a bit misrepresented. Now I'm stuck with it...
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on February 24, 2010
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So glad this was a free book. With no way to navigate to a specific topic it is very difficult to use. The information is SO outdated that it is useful only as research of how people used to behave in "polite" society. Not at all realistic for today.
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