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Peyton Place by  Grace Metalious - Hardcover - Facsimile - [1956] ca. 1980 - from Ainsworth Books (SKU: 18231)

Peyton Place

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Peyton Place

by Metalious, Grace

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  • hardcover
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Very Good in Very Good dust jacket
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New York: Simon & Schuster/ Julian Messner. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. [1956] ca. 1980. Facsimile. Hardcover. A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped. Light edge wear and creasing of DJ, small tape stains at corners of back & front free end papers, previous owners initials in large script on front free end paper. This appears to be the facsimile edition, published much later, no statement of edition, and the statement 'Originally published at $7.95' on lower corner of front flap. Black cloth spine over mustard yellow paper covered boards. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 372 pages; Peyton Place, originally published in 1956 was considered scandalous at it its time of publication, Peyton Place, stirred controversy with its explicit—for the time—depictions of sex and sins in a small New England town. Today, the once shocking novel and its sequel seem tame, and are taught in college English courses as classics of their time, well-written and honest in the evocation of the passions, jealousies, and secrets of small-town America. .

Synopsis

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
Ainsworth Books CA (CA)
Bookseller Inventory #
18231
Title
Peyton Place
Author
Metalious, Grace
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good in Very Good dust jacket
Edition
Facsimile
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Simon & Schuster/ Julian Messner
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
[1956] ca. 1980
Keywords
peyton place
Bookseller catalogs
Fiction;

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About Ainsworth Books

Ainsworth Books was for many years a bricks and mortar store in Vancouver, BC. When we acquired the store, we moved to a location in Delta. After three years we moved the stock home and started operation as an online, by appointment only operation. I have worked with books my whole adult life and enjoy giving recommendations.

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