The Proper Bostonians, Cleveland Amory first book, published in 1947 when he was 29, not only added a new phrase to the language but was also, as of 1960, in its sixteenth printing. The career of The Last Resorts (the second in a trilogy of which Who Killed Society? is the third and final volume) has also been a phenomenal one.
Although Amory is the son of a long line of Boston merchants and Harvard graduates, the Amory family originally settled, in the Seventeenth Century, in Charleston, South Carolina. Amory himself has lived in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, and Arizona -- the latter the locale of his only novel, also a best-seller, Home Town. Now living in New York, Amory married in 1952 Martha Hodge, daughter of the late actor-playwright William Hodge and, in her own right, an actress and writer.
In 1955 Amory made the decision to withdraw from writing the Duchess of Windsor's autobiography, a decision which was generally applauded. In the year 1959, he was editor-in-chief of the widely hailed international Celebrity Register, and in 1960 he was co-editor (with Frederic Bradlee) of Vanity Fair, an anthology of that famous magazine.
A regular contributor to Holiday and the New York Times Book Review, as well as conductor of a monthly column for the Saturday Review, Amory is also a syndicated newspaper columnist, a lecturer and a television commentator. His hobbies are chess and book collecting.