American authority on etiquette, b. Baltimore. Born into a wealthy family,
Post began her literary career as a novelist. Her best-known book, however,
is Etiquette (1922), a practical guide to proper social behavior, written
in a lively style. Etiquette gained wide popularity and sold over a
million copies; the 12th and subsequent revised editions were edited
by Post's granddaughter-in-law, Elizabeth L. Post. Emily Post broadcast
on the radio after 1931 and produced a daily column on good taste that
was syndicated in more than 200 newspapers. Also an authority on interior
decoration, she wrote The Personality of a House (1930).
(27 October, 1873
– 25 September, 1960) was a United States author who promoted
Post was born as
Emily Price in Baltimore, Maryland, and was born into privilege as the
only daughter of famous architect Bruce Price and his wife Josephine
Lee Price. She was educated at home and attended Miss Graham's finishing
school in New York where her family had moved. A popular debutante,
she married society banker Edwin Main Post in 1892 and had two sons,
Edwin M. Jr. (1893) and Bruce Price (1895). The couple divorced in 1905,
due to her husband's infidelity.
At the turn of the
century financial circumstances had compelled her to begin to write,
and she produced newspaper articles on architecture and interior decoration,
stories and serials for such magazines as Harper's, Scribner's, and
the Century, as well as light novels, including Flight of the Moth (1904),
Purple and Fine Linen (1906), Woven in the Tapestry (1908), The Title
Market (1909), and The Eagle's Feather (1910).
She wrote in various
styles including humorous travel books early in her career. In 1922
her book Etiquette was a best seller, and updated versions continued
to be popular for decades.
After 1931 Post
spoke on radio programs and wrote a column on good taste for the Bell
Syndicate; it appeared daily in some 200 newspapers after 1932.
In 1946, she founded
The Emily Post Institute which continues her work. On September 25,
1960 she died in her New York City apartment at the age of 86.