The ladies' etiquette handbook : the importance of being refined in the 1880s

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    • Schoonover, David E.

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The ladies' etiquette handbook : the importance of being refined in the 1880s

edited by David E. Schoonover ; foreword by Kenneth Cmiel

(Iowa Szathmáry culinary arts series)

University of Iowa Press, c2001

タイトル別名

Short hints on social etiquette

The ladies' handbook and household assistant : a manual of religious and table etiquette; a selection of choice recipes for plain and fancy cooking; and a compend of rules, tables, and suggestions of infinite value in every household

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First work originally published: Philadelphia, Pa. : I.L. Cragin, c1887. 2nd work originally published: Manchester, N.H. : Published in behalf of the St. James M.E. Church, c1886

"Facsimile editions of Short hints on social etiquette by "Aunt Matilda" and The ladies' handbook and household assistant"

Includes bibliographical references

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内容説明

Prior to the late 19th century, most Americans viewed dining as a unitarian duty characterized by common ""meat and potato"" dishes and complemented by little, if any, polite conversation. With the boom in industrialism and the sudden growth of the middle class in the 1880s, America's interest in social etiquette rose dramatically. Consisting of two separate publications - ""The Ladies' Handbook and Household Assistant"" (1886) and ""Short Hints on Social Etiquette"" (1887) - ""The Ladies' Etiquette Handbook"" can be read as a testament to the growing division between social classes and, at the same time, as a reflection of the middle class' overwhelming desire to cross social lines through the graces of fine etiquette. Written by a Methodist women's church group in Manchester, New Hampshire, ""The Ladies' Handbook and Household Assistant"" provides advice on subjects such as church etiquette and the proper handling of cutlery as well as recipes for the socially active household. ""Short Hints on Social Etiquette"", published as a promotional piece by a Philadelphia soap manufacturer - including descriptions of lavish meals, advice on proper word pronunciation, and illustrations of tasteful calling cards - strives to bring ""aristocratic"" values into the ""republican"" home. The foreword by Kenneth Cmiel, professor of history at the University of Iowa, provides an overview of the historic and social trends leading up to the publication of both handbooks and traces the creation and ultimate development of modern social etiquette.

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