Recommended Reading

These are some of our favorite etiquette related books. Check them out and click on our Amazon Affiliate links to help support our site!

Manners & Morals of Victorian America by Wayne Erbsen
A roundup of all the funny etiquette of the past

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England by Daniel Pool
An explanation of everyday life in 19th century England

Star Spangled Manners: In Which Miss Manners Defends American Etiquette by Judith Martin
Miss Manners gives a history of American etiquette

A Short History of Rudeness: Manners, Morals, and Misbehavior in Modern America by Mark Caldwell
Traces the origin of American rudeness (hint: Americans have always been called rude!)

A Southern Belle Primer: Why Princess Margaret Will Never Be a Kappa Kappa Gamma by Marlyn Schwartz
A humorous look at Southern culture and manners

The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach
A satirical look at preppy culture and manners

All Dressed in White: The Irresistible Rise of the American Wedding by Carol Wallace
A great history of wedding traditions and how they developed

The American Way of Death Revisited by Jessica Mitford
The classic exposé of the funeral industry

The Butler’s Guide to Running the Home and Other Graces by Stanley Ager
An old-school English butler explains how they used to clean, care for clothes, and serve meals in English stately homes. Great for fans of Downton Abbey.

Why Manners Matter: What Confucius, Jefferson, and Jackie O Knew and You Should Too by Lucinda Holdforth
A philosophical essay about why manners are important

Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners by Laura Claridge
An in-depth biography of Emily Post which Victoria has already discussed.

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