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What Would Mrs. Astor Do?


Mrs. Astor, an heiress of the first order, became convinced that she was uniquely qualified to uphold the manners and mores of Gilded Age America. “What would Mrs. Astor do?” became the question every social climber sought to answer. And an invitation to her annual ball was a golden ticket into the ranks of New York’s upper crust.

This work serves as a guide to manners as well as an insight to Mrs. Astor’s personal diary and address book, showing everything from the perfect table setting to the array of outfits the elite wore at the time.  Full of Newport-specific protocols and stories, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in Newport History.

By Cecelia Tichi, Published by NYU Press, 2018, 352 pages, hardcover.