January 21, 1852
|Died||January 8, 1921
|Spouse(s)||Nicolas Urban Gad|
|Children||Peter Urban Gad, Henry Urban Gad|
Emma Gad (January 21, 1852 - January 8, 1921), born Emma Halkier, was a Danish writer and socialite who wrote plays and books that were often satirical. Although she was a prolific writer, many of her works fell into obscurity after her death. One work that remained popular was Takt og Tone, a book of etiquette she wrote in old age.
Gad grew up in a relatively affluent home and received a good education for a woman at the time. She married Nicolas Urban Gad, a rear admiral, in 1872. They had two sons: Henry and Peter Urban Gad, who later became a filmmaker. She was a member of many trade unions and women's societies in Copenhagen, and her home was an important meeting place for intellectuals in Denmark at the turn of the century.
In 1886 she premiered as a dramatist at the Royal Danish Theatre's Ny Scene. In 1898 she co-founded the Women's Trade and Clerical Association, which was the first professional organization of women in the office.
Etiquette - About Dealing with People
Gad's book Etiquette - About Dealing with People (Danish: Takt og Tone - Om Omgang med Mennesker) was published in 1918. Her oft-repeated point is that when visitation is between considerate people then "etiquette" is not necessary. It is the indifferent, selfish, or directly ruthless people that create the need for a formal etiquette.
- Katharina Wilson (1991). An encyclopedia of continental women writers. 1. A - K. Garland Publishing, Incorporated. pp. 436–. ISBN 978-0-8240-8547-6. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
- Ethnologia Scandinavica. Royal Gustav Adolf Academy. 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2013.