Books: Ahoy, Polloi!

VOGUE'S BOOK OF ETIQUETTE (658 pp.) —M/7//cen/ Fenwick—Simon & Schusfer ($5).

Buckram-bound, lead-heavy, but never slaphappy, Vogue's contribution to democratic amity makes Emily Post look like an aborigine. Four years in the making (by a Vogue associate editor), it pronounces the last, unquestionable Word on subjects ranging from table manners and cookery to the knottier intricacies of proper behavior for divorcees and the correct way to address a letter to an Archimandrite of the Greek Orthodox Church ("The Very Reverend Archimandrite"). Cold-toned, it tries to sell etiquette purely as a civic virtue. "Think...

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