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Peyton Place

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Peyton Place

By Grace Metalious; Ardis Cameron (Other)

Northeastern University Press, Paperback, 9781555534004, 384pp.

Publication Date: March 4, 1999

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Description
When Grace Metalious's debut novel about the dark underside of a small, respectable New England town was published in 1956, it quickly soared to the top of the bestseller lists. A landmark in twentieth-century American popular culture, Peyton Place spawned a successful feature film and a long-running television series the first prime-time soap opera.
Contemporary readers of Peyton Place will be captivated by its vivid characters, earthy prose, and shocking incidents. Through her riveting, uninhibited narrative, Metalious skillfully exposes the intricate social anatomy of a small community, examining the lives of its people their passions and vices, their ambitions and defeats, their passivity or violence, their secret hopes and kindnesses, their cohesiveness and rigidity, their struggles, and often their courage.
This new paperback edition of Peyton Place features an insightful introduction by Ardis Cameron that thoroughly examines the novel's treatment of class, gender, race, ethnicity, and power, and considers the book's influential place in American and New England literary history.


About the Author
GRACE METALIOUS (1924 1964) was the author of Peyton Place, Return to Peyton Place, The Tight White Collar (1960), and No Adam in Eden (1963). She was a resident of Gilmanton, New Hampshire."


NPR
Monday, Aug 10, 2009

Author Laura Dave remembers the book that taught her about unabashed sin: Peyton Place, a raucous novel of sex, murder and love in a small New England town. More at NPR.org

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