Marjorie Merriweather Post led an extraordinary lifestyle as detailed by Estella Chung in the book Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post. Now, in The Life Behind the Luxury, Chung adds an array of delightful details, including the “Travel Luxe” chapter of journeys by private railcar, personal yachts, and customized aircraft. Post’s life was indeed one of luxury. Chung goes further, however, in revealing Post not only to be an elegant public figure, but also an astute business executive, and a deeply caring humanitarian and philanthropist. In her remarkable life, Post had not only a concert venue named in her honor but also a body of water. The Life Behind the Luxury reveals how Post, indeed, enjoyed herself most of the time. Post wrote, “I do like beautiful things and it has been my privilege to be able to enjoy them . . . also, I like a smoothly running organization.”
Estella M. Chung was formerly the head of oral history and curator of American material culture and historian at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.