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Peyton Place. by  Grace Metalious - First Edition - 1956 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 89943)

Peyton Place.

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Peyton Place.

by Metalious, Grace

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New York: Julian Messner, Inc, 1956. First edition of this landmark in twentieth-century American popular culture, which spawned a successful feature film and a long-running prime time television series soap opera. Octavo, original boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author shortly after publication, "To Jay Dupuis with best wishes, Grace Metalious. Oct. 10, 1956." The initial first edition was released on September 24, 1956 and the print run was minimal, as it was Metalius' first book. It sold 60,000 copies within the first ten days of its release and remained on the New York Times best seller list for 59 weeks. The recipient was a relative of Metalious' son-in-law Edward Dupuis. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Signed and inscribed first editions are rare. Metalious' Peyton Place describes how three women are forced to come to terms with their identity, both as women and as sexual beings, in a small, conservative, gossipy New England town, with recurring themes of hypocrisy, social inequities and class privilege in a tale that includes incest, abortion, adultery, lust and murder. It sold 60 000 copies within the first ten days of its release and remained on the New York Times best seller list for 59 weeks. The novel spawned a franchise that would run through four decades. Twentieth Century-Fox adapted it as a major motion picture in 1957, and Metalious wrote a follow-up novel that was published in 1959, called Return to Peyton Place, which was also filmed in 1961 using the same title. The original 1956 novel was adapted again in 1964, in what became a wildly successful prime time television series for 20th Century Fox Television that ran until 1969, and the term "Peyton Place" an allusion to any small town or group that holds scandalous secrets entered into the American lexicon. An NBC daytime soap opera, titled Return to Peyton Place, ran from 1972 to 1974, and the franchise was rounded out with two made-for-television movies, which aired in 1977 and 1985.

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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.

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Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
89943
Title
Peyton Place.
Author
Metalious, Grace
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Julian Messner, Inc
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1956
Keywords
Grace Metalious First Edition, Peyton Place First Edition

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Founded by Matthew Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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