Emily Post, 1872 - 1960

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Born: 27 October 1872, Baltimore, Maryland
Died: 25 September 1960, New York City

Born Emily Price, she was educated at home and attended Miss Graham's finishing School at New York City. She married Edwin Post and had two sons, then divorced when her husband's infidelity made him a target for blackmail. After her sons were off to boarding school she turned to writing, including newspaper articles on architecture, interior design, and travel, but also stories that were serialized in magazines including Harper's, Scribners, and The Century as well as writing several light novels. Her major work was Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home, published in 1922, was a best seller, and was updated and reissued throughout her life. From 1931 she spoke on manners on radio shows and had a syndicated newspaper column that reached 200 newspapers, and founded The Emily Post Institute in 1946. The third and fourth generation of her descendants continue to write and speak on the subject today.

Biography from Wikipedia and New York Times obituary

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