For both personal and professional reasons, I am thrilled to let you know about a new biography of Emily Post, my great great grandmother, by Laura Claridge titled Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners, on sale tomorrow, October 14th, from Random House.
Laura is an accomplished biographer (her works include a biography of Normal Rockwell) and has spent the last seven years working on her bio of Emily. I've had the fortune to meet her in person, and have every faith in her ability to tell about the life and times of Emily Post. Emily's story makes for a fascinating read, but it's Laura's deft ability to relate her life to the greater scope of what was happening in America at the time that takes her book to the next level.
I'm excited for the public to remeet Emily Post. There are often misconceptions about who she was and what she was like. People often think she was humorless, snobbish and prissy--which couldn't be further from the truth. USA Today did a piece on the biography today expressing this nicely. The New Yorker did an even more extensive piece, highlighting Emily's sense of inclusiveness and her desire--like mine--to look past what fork to use and get to the heart of etiquette, which is all about how people treat each other.