Book Review: How to Be a Lady by Harvey Newcomb

15 Jul

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Let me first start off by saying—I loved this book! Despite this book being published in 1850, I found all of the material worthy and very informative. This book is on the formation of character for the young girls. The table of contents includes:

On Childhood and Youth

7

Nature and Objects of Education

12

Piety as the Spring of Action and Regulator of the Soul

17

Filial Piety

24

Treatment of Brothers and Sisters AND OTHERS IN THE FAMILY

37

Behavior at School

45

Behavior at Table

51

CONTENTS

53

Reading

155

Writing

161

Indolence

165

On doing one Thing at a Time

168

On finishing what is begun

170

Choice of Society and Formation of Friendships

172

Ornamental Education

176

On Amusements

181

Behavior at Family Worship

56

Private Prayer

59

Keeping the Sabbath

64

Habits

83

Education of the Body

100

XIII Knowledge of Household Affairs

109

Education of the Heart

121

Education of the Mind

145

Government of the Tongue

192

On the Art of agreeable and profitable Conversation

198

Inquisitiveness

206

On the Importance of being able to say no

209

On being Useful

212

On being Contented

216

Union of serious Piety with habitual Cheerfulness

220

In my opinion, this is the best book of behavioral etiquette for young woman. I’ve found his wisdom shared in this book valuable beyond measure and would definitely read some of his other books. Google books have all of his books for free, but if you are like me, and would like a hard copy you can go on visionforum.com or Amazon and order a hard copy of the book.

Harvey Newcomb has written on other topics such as Islam, Manhood, Racial Color (He was not racist), Christianity, Native Americans, and plenty others.

The next book I’m going to read by him is called A Young Ladies Guide and even though it was published before How to Be a Lady, it is meant to be read after How to Be a Lady because in that book he covers the basics.

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If you want to read the book for free online:

http://books.google.com/books/reader?id=VZ7eHIS24NMC&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&pg=GBS.PA1

**You can also click on any chapter on the table of contents (above) and can read as well

If you want to buy the book:

http://www.visionforum.com/browse/product/how-to-be-a-lady/default.aspx

If you want to read some of his other works:

https://play.google.com/store/search?q=harvey+newcomb&c=books

http://crownrights.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=21_22&products_id=111

I’m all for reading recent modern books (if they’re decent enough) but I think we can a learn a thing or two by going back to the classics. 🙂

5 Responses to “Book Review: How to Be a Lady by Harvey Newcomb”

  1. peacegirl2020 July 18, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    Wow a book on how to be a lady. Now I can add on to my collection on other books that talk about how to be a lady, how to be feminine, how to use social graces to attract the right men, and other books that deal with classics, etiquette and womanhood.

    • lovelyleblanc7 July 18, 2013 at 1:16 am #

      Yep! Honestly, I think this is the best book when it comes to etiquette, behavior, and character. It doesn’t really touch on how to attract men though, but if that is your concern, don’t worry. These qualities in and of itself will attract virtuous men 🙂
      Another thing that I liked about this book was that it also stressed homemaking skills. Newcomb talks about being neat, being able to cook, the importance of being on time and organized, keeping the Sabbath, etc. A truly valuable book.
      I have a collection of books on femininity also, but I have to say, so far, this one tops them all. If I may suggest, you should read, “Let Me Be a Woman” by Elisabeth Elliot, also a good read.

      • peacegirl2020 July 18, 2013 at 1:18 am #

        Okay, I will try that book as well. 🙂

  2. The Woman Margery September 25, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    Oh my goodness, thank you for this! I can’t believe I only just now discovered your blog after all of your insightful posts and what a treat to find this book so nicely laid out!

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