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Peyton Place Paperback - 1999

by Grace Metalious; Ardis Cameron (Other)

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 consider's the book's influential place in American literary history.


About this book

The plot of Peyton Place is quite controversial among modern first editions, and the history of its publication is just as scandalous. Peyton Place was largely based off of the small town scandals that were known to plague several New England towns. Some of the places and characters so closely resembled their real life counterparts that author Grace Metalious was actually sued for libel. Some of the people in these towns were particularly distraught that their communities were depicted so negatively, the reception of Peyton Place nearly drove Metalious into hiding.

The book was first published by Julian Messner, Inc in 1956, and it was an instant hit. Through word of mouth, it sold approximately 60,000 copies in the first two weeks of its publication, and it stayed on the New York Time best seller list for 59 weeks. It was so popular, it was adapted into a film and into a multi-year daytime soap opera. The first US edition dust jacket is fairly plain and the paper quality was low, so the jacket is likely to be browned or yellowed with age.


Famously, Metalious was sued for libel by one of the people who was included in the book. Tomas Makris was featured in Peyton Place, and his name and physical characteristics matched the real-life individual. Notably, the character's name in UK edition was changed to Michael Kyros, and the character's name was changed in later US editions to Michael Rossi. In a shocking twist that infuriated many, Metalious had actually forged Makris' name on the release form. Such behavior is of course condemned by the literary community.

From the publisher

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.

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  • Title Peyton Place
  • Author Grace Metalious; Ardis Cameron (Other)
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition [ Edition: first
  • Pages 384
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Northeastern University Press, Boston
  • Date 1999-03-04
  • ISBN 9781555534004 / 1555534007
  • Weight 1.06 lbs (0.48 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.32 x 5.69 x 1.14 in (21.13 x 14.45 x 2.90 cm)
  • Themes
    • Cultural Region: New England
    • Demographic Orientation: Small Town
  • Library of Congress subjects Domestic fiction, City and town life
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 98053350
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

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Citations

  • Kirkus Reviews, 02/15/1999, Page 255
  • Library Journal, 05/01/1999, Page 118
  • New York Times, 06/13/1999, Page 32

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.
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