Publishes Emily Post’s Etiquette on the Web

New York; Dec. 1, 1999——the Web’s original source of the most sought-after reference books—announces the exclusive publication of the 627-page first edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette (   1
  This republication of the 1922 edition of Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home features
  • Pithy advice on every subject of life by this self-made woman who sought to preserve American twentieth-century decorums;
  • Thousands of tips on correspondence, wedding planning, party giving, and conduct in every public or private setting;
  • A fully hypertexted subject index that allows quick access to the individual paragraphs most relevant to hundreds of topics;
  • Scores of full-page illustrations and facsimiles of social cards and invitations faithfully reproduced on the Web.
 “Etiquette must, if it is to be of more than trifling use, include ethics as well as manners. Certainly what one is, is of far greater importance than what one appears to be.”—Emily Post
  Etiquette will surprise any reader not familiar with the thoughtfulness and style of this author of six novels and many essays and short stories. Far from being a proscriber of minutiae, Post the philosopher offers a way of living: “Manners are made up of trivialities of deportment which can be easily learned if one does not happen to know them; manner is personality—the outward manifestation of one’s innate character and attitude toward life.” (A collection of quotations from Etiquette is available at   3
  Post was convinced to write Etiquette after finding only inaccurate and incomplete information sources on the topic. “Just as Post applied her insight into social usage to bring the ‘Best Society’ into every American’s home, is pleased to fill the need on the Web for high-quality reference works freely available to every reader,” said Steven van Leeuwen, Publisher and Founder of   4 published the very first classic book on the Web in 1994, and over five years later continues to lead the innovative field of Web publishing; for example, the publication of Post’s Etiquette includes a fully hypertexted subject index, which allows the reader to jump directly from over 1,500 alphabetic subject entries to the most relevant of the 2,600 paragraphs in this 38-chapter book.   5
The preeminent publisher of free online books, ( began as a personal research experiment in 1993 and within one year published the first classic book on the Web. Since then has grown with the patronage of millions of loyal readers to incorporate in 1999 and engage a staff of editors and Internet professionals who select, design, and create an innovative electronic book experience.   6
  An ever-expanding list of great books—currently thousands of works by hundreds of authors—meets the needs of students, researchers, and pleasure readers alike. has been widely cited as one of the best reference sites on the Web, having published among other works Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations (9th ed.), Strunk’s Elements of Style (1st ed.), Fowler’s the King’s English (2nd ed.), and BartlebyVerse, which consists of six classic poetry anthologies, including the Oxford Book of English Verse.    7

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