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Emily Price (Post, Emily)

Born: 1873 AD
Died: 1960 AD, at 86 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Writers


1873 - Emily Price, born on the 27th of October into a wealthy family in Baltimore, Maryland. She was the only child of Bruce Price, an architect, and Josephine Lee Price. Growing up in an era of servants and chaperones (older people who accompany younger people.

1892 - She married Edwin Main Post, a banker, and they had two sons.

1904 - She also produced wrote several novels. The first, The Flight of a Moth, was about a young American widow attracted to a crooked Russian nobleman.

1905 - She and her husband drifted apart, and his cheating caused the marriage to end in a divorce. She asked for no money from him since he had lost almost everything in a stock market crash.

1922 - As a successful writer and a woman of social position, Post was encouraged by an editor at the Funk and Wagnalls publishing company to write a book on etiquette (proper social behavior). Etiquette—The Blue Book of Social Usage, first published, quickly became a best-seller, bringing her fame and fortune.

1930 - 1951 - She wrote other books besides her writings on etiquette, including: The Emily Post Cook Book; The Personality of a House, partly based on her experiences rebuilding and remodeling her summer home at Martha's Vineyard; and Children Are People, much of which came from hours time she spent with her grandson.

1930 - She appeared three times a week on her own radio program, which continued for eight years.

1946 - She formed the Emily Post Institute, headed by her son Edwin, to study problems the issues of gracious living.

1960 - The expert on American etiquette, whose name became a household word, died in her New York apartment on the 25th of September, at the age of eighty-six.


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