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Funny, elegant, heroic, and glamorous--the life of the famous author of was all of these. And they have all been successfully recreated in this biography by her son. The girl whose father was a gifted society architect, who was, as we can see from the pictures in this book, beautiful as well as witty and intelligent, spent her youth in a world of formal calls, formal notes, carriages, and an elegant, mannered society that looked on the Vasderbilts as ""New People"". It was not enough for Emily Price, nor was her marriage to the brilliant Wall Street broken Edwin Post, who looked on her as an expensive possession. As a young girl, she was stopped from participating in amateur theatricals at Tuxedo Park because she was too good. As a young matron, she found her metier, that of a writer, when an editor persuaded her to use letters to her father from Europe as the basis of a romantic novel about high life. When, after years of unhappiness, she divorced Edwin Post, she was already an established author, and proceeded to bring up her two young sons on the proceeds of her writing. She was reluctant at first to write a book on etiquette, but her painstaking thoroughness, as well as her kindliness and good sense, made the book a best-seller and her name synonymous with the rules of conduct. The end of her life, as a celebrity with books, a radio program, and syndicated columns to her credit, brought little change to her character. She lived quietly in Edgartown, Mass., entertaining her grandchildren, redecorating her house, working in her garden, and writing-- still an individualist of energy and character. The book is charming, and in its picture of a delightful person and of a way of life now lost to the world, it should be very popular.

Pub Date: April 17th, 1961
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls