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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061706418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061706417
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of America’s foremost arbiters of taste and mores. . . . Essayist, social historian, photographer and Renaissance man, Mr. Lynes was an acclaimed expert on what was highbrow, what was lowbrow and what was no brow at all.” (New York Times)

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Russell Lynes (1910-1991) was an art historian, cultural critic, author, photographer, and managing editor of Harper's Magazine. His articles for Harper's and Life in 1949 made parsing American culture into highbrow, upper or lower middlebrow, and lowbrow a national pastime. He wrote many books, including Snobs and The Tastemakers.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Mullins on March 28, 2011
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This is a book from a different era, which must be understood from the onset of reading it. This book was written from a 1950's martini-soaked typewriter, which, in my opinion, makes it kitschy and fun to read.
It doesn't make the assumption that anyone who reads this book wishes to learn good manners; instead, it describes the different types of personalities who believe they are well-mannered, yet are boorish in the exaggeration of their perceived good breeding.
I found this book to be a fun jaunt back in time, to an era when no one would consider participating in any social event, or even a family meal, without a few martinis or gimlets to ease the way. It's fascinating to see how people viewed social situations during this era, as opposed to how the same situations might be viewed today. It was a time when women dressed up to go anywhere, with hats, gloves, and pumps, and men wore suits that accentuated narrow hips and broad shoulders, always with a hat when out.
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By TravellingCari on April 14, 2013
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if I'd read the reviews before taking this from the library I'd likely not have bothered. It's a nice overview of the kind of host and guests common, but there's no depth and narrative. Still, I found myself chuckling a few times at guests of a bygone time.
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