Frank Crowninshield, Manners for the Metropolis
Crowninshield, Francis W. Manners for the Metropolis, An Entrance Key to the Fantastic Life of the 400. First Edition. 1908. Book is in very good minus condition—covers show minor wear, some foxing, and previous owner’s name is written on the flyleaf. Decorations by Louis Fancher.
No magazine did more to popularize café society than did Frank Crowninshield’s Vanity Fair. It is therefore appropriate that a half decade before assuming its helm, he penned this sardonic primer, which paved its way. The premise is that behavior once considered boorish now made one a Bright Young Thing. The book both edifies and amuses, with advice on how to behave in the age of the telephone, women’s rights, motorcars, and millionaires. Uncommon.
“Everybody knows that married men make very poor husbands.”