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Peyton Place

by Metalious, Grace

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  • fine
  • Hardcover
Condition
Fine/Near Fine
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About This Item

Julian Messner, 1956. (Book Club--unstated) Slightly smaller book, black cloth spine, darker yellow boards, gilt lettering and design very fine on spine, 372 pages, remainder mark at pages' bottom edge. DJ has light crease at top front, tiny dent at top front spine indentation, b/w photo of Metalious at typewriter on back. Near Fine DJ/Very Fine book.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine.

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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Details

Seller
Callaghan Books South US (US)
Seller Inventory #
37699
Title
Peyton Place
Author
Metalious, Grace
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
Near Fine
Edition
Book Club (BCE/BOMC)
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Julian Messner
Date published
1956
Keywords
Fiction

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About Callaghan Books South

An internet bookstore, we have added 20 books a day to our inventory for a total of more than 40,000, specializing in Poetry, Vietnam Conflict, Native American, Literary Criticism.

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