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Monday 29 April 2013Living Artfully

Living Artfully Living Artfully At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post
Estella M. Chung

LIVING ARTFULLY: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post will be published by D Giles Limited in association with Hillwood Museums and Gardens Foundation, Washington, D.C., in June 2013. It is a beautifully illustrated account of the three main homes of Mrs Post through the 1950s to 1970s, and gives us a glimpse into a fast disappearing but magnificent lifestyle - one of her guests called it “a treasure”.

From 1957 onwards Mrs Post lived in stately Hillwood in Washington, D.C. for spring and autumn, retreated to Camp Topridge in the Adirondacks for the summer, and enjoyed the winter season at her glamorous villa Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach. This book follows her yearly calendar and is strongly evocative of the lifestyle magazines of the period. It offers a vibrant and intimate picture of life in each residence—for Marjorie Post, her guests and her staff. Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973) was one of America’s most stylish and powerful women, a director of General Foods, Inc., philanthropist, patriot and internationalist. Her keen interest in art resulted in a superb personal collection, but rather than keeping it stored away from view she decided that she, her guests and staff would live surrounded by beautiful treasures. Her talent for planning, and huge financial resources, enabled her to create three magnificent homes. Author Estella M. Chung draws on Hillwood’s remarkable oral history collection, archives, photographs, period journals and ephemera, as well as her own interviews with those who knew Mrs Post, including her daughter, actress Dina Merrill Hartley. Especially fascinating are the rare and intimate glimpses provided by the staff, such as the interviews with surviving members like Earle Loy, Mrs. Post’s former Head Gardener, now aged 91. AUTHOR Estella M. Chung is the head of oral history and curator of American material culture and history at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, in Washington, D.C. LIVING ARTFULLY At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post Estella M. Chung RRP US$45.00/UK£29.95 Hardback ISBN 978-1-907804-13-7 144 pages 254 × 210 mm, (8 1⁄4 × 10 in) 170 colour illustrations In association with the Hillwood Museums & Gardens Foundation, Washington, D.C. Publication date: June 2013 Publisher: D Giles Limited, London Distributed in the US and Canada by CBSD, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution Phone: 612/746-2600 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) http://www.cbsd.com Distributed in the UK and Rest of World (excluding US and Canada) by ACC Phone: +44 (0)1394 389 950 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) For Further Information and Review Copies: In the USA contact: Karen Lunstead Tel: 845 297 4569 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) In the UK contact: Liz Japes Tel: +44 (0)1273 480 225 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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