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Etiquette book, 1896

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute


This volume is one of the etiquette books bequeathed to the Library by Arthur M. Schlesinger Sr. and included in the microfilm edition of Advice Literature in America. While much advice reflects a bygone age, much is still relevant today. Many Twitter users would do well to heed this admonition: “Don’t write a letter in a towering passion; you would not care to have it confront you in some cooler moment.”
Cooke, Maud C., Social Etiquette or Manners and Customs of Polite Society, Boston: Geo. M. Smith & Co., 1896

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See the Schlesinger Library's research guide on its etiquette collection.

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