Who was Emily Post?


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Emily Post was an American socialite famous for authoring books about the proper etiquette and manners for women in her era. Her book “Etiquette: In Society, In Business, In Politics and At Home," published in 1922, topped the non-fiction bestseller list.

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Emily Post was born in Baltimore, Maryland, possibly in October 1872, although the precise date of her birth is unknown. After receiving an early education at home, she attended Miss Graham's finishing school in New York. She married prominent banker Edwin Main Post in 1892, but the couple divorced in 1905 after her husband's affairs made him the target of blackmail.

After raising her two sons, she began writing romantic stories of European and American society, serialized in several popular magazines. She later published the stories successfully in book format. She then became a traveling correspondent, traveling the United States by car and touring Europe on the eve of World War I. Publications such as Vanity Fair, Collier’s and McCall’s featured her work during this time.

When she was 50 years old, Post published "Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home." Updated versions of the book continued to be popular for decades. "According to Emily Post” became a popular phrase to indicate the final word on the subject of social conduct.

Post died in 1960 in her New York City apartment.

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