Alumnae Achievement Awards
Judith Perlman Martin ’59
Author, Miss Manners
Martin ’59 is best known as the nationally syndicated columnist,
Ms. Martin began her career with the Washington Post,
where she started working the day after she graduated
from Wellesley. While at the Washington Post, Ms. Martin
progressed from copy kid to social reporter (covering
the White House and diplomatic beat) to features writer
for the Style section to drama and film critic, all of
this in a time when women journalists were the exception
and not the rule. Ms. Martin began writing weekly Miss
Manners essays for the Washington Post until 1978 when
the column became nationally syndicated. She has written
14 books on civility as Miss Manners.
Etiquette, Ms. Martin believes, goes
far beyond which fork to select when eating one’s salad. Rather,
it upholds standards of behavior – standards she
believes are crucial to the welfare and future of civilization.
Her commentary on modern society and the way we interact
is central to maintaining an environment where people
feel respected, welcome, and confident. Ms. Martin’s
wit and sense of humor as she delivers this commentary
have endeared her to millions of readers and made “Miss
Manners” a household name.
Mrs. Martin's newest book (cover above left), "No
Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice" is
due out in February 2007.
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