"Wonderfully wicked....A bracingly sensible guide to living peaceably together."Francine Prose, Elle
In this "wryly perceptive, historically informed" (BookPage) new book, America's leading expert on civility reminds her Gentle Readers that when the Founding Fathers created a revolution in the name of individual liberty and equality, they also took a stand against hierarchical European etiquette in favor of simplicity over ceremony, and personal dignity over obsequiousness to our rulers.
Hailed by George Will as "The National Bureau of Standards," Judith Martin, who has "made etiquette writing an exercise in wit" (Book), recounts here how Americans fashioned this etiquette of egalitarian respecta fascinating story that spans from the misunderstood origins of our table manners to the much overlooked legacy of African slaves to etiquette.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Judith Martin, born a perfect lady in an imperfect society, is the author of the “Miss Manners” columns and best-selling books, two novels, and a travel book on Venice. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.
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Star-Spangled Manners: In Which Miss Martin Defends American Etiquette (for a Change) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I've been a fan of "Miss Manners" for over 30 years, and I've always enjoyed her books. That's why I was distinctly disappointed with this one. The format was totally different and her writing style just wasn't the same.