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Peyton Place (Movie Tie-in) by  Grace Metalious - Paperback - First Dell printing, September 1957. Author copyright 1956. - 1957 - from Hedgehog's Whimsey Books (SKU: Alibris.F4990008937)

Peyton Place (Movie Tie-in)

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Peyton Place (Movie Tie-in)

by Metalious, Grace

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Very good. Right page block, top few inches darkened, as is top block. Clean clovers, creasing to spine.
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New York.: Dell Publishing Company, by arr. w/ Julian Messner Inc., 1957. First Dell printing, September 1957. Author copyright 1956.. Mass-market paperback. Very good. Right page block, top few inches darkened, as is top block. Clean clovers, creasing to spine.. Smith, Larry (Back Cover photo of author at desk by).. 1 First edition. 512 p. Mass-market paperback, illustrated black front cover (no art credit). Yellow and red titles. Turquoise page blocks. This mid-20th century best-seller set in a small New Hampshire town was "damned and banned" (from back cover), and also hailed as an "extraordinary literary discovery" of the era. Its popularity promptly inspired a 20th-Century-Fox-Wald Production, a movie starring Lana Turner as Constance MacKenzie, Lee Philips as Michael Rossi. Later, the fictional drama found its way to television.

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
Hedgehog's Whimsey Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
Alibris.F4990008937
Title
Peyton Place (Movie Tie-in)
Author
Metalious, Grace
Illustrator
Smith, Larry (Back Cover photo of author at desk by).
Format/binding
Mass-market paperback
Book condition
Used - Very good. Right page block, top few inches darkened, as is top block. Clean clovers, creasing to spine.
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Dell printing, September 1957. Author copyright 1956.
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Dell Publishing Company, by arr. w/ Julian Messner Inc.
Place of Publication
New York.
Date published
1957
Keywords
American fiction, 1950s, small town life, scandals, hypocrisy|20th-Century-Fox-Wald Production|Lana Turner|Lee Philips|Smith, Larry, photographer
Bookseller catalogs
Fiction;

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About Hedgehog's Whimsey Books

Hedgehog's Whimsey Books was born in a random moment when I decided to become a used books seller. Beginning in 2001, I apprenticed myself with a longtime pro in the next town, hoping to learn her secrets. She encouraged my free help but was wary of sharing all those secrets. Nonetheless, she turned me loose when she felt I would not embarrass her; she was impressed, finding I actually knew something about books and authors and styles. I am still learning, and I am having a good time with the random avalanches of books to be recycled into good homes, one by one. Inventory has mounted: my mother downsized her 7,000-plus library, and we (my Geezer and I) went to library book sales, yard emporiums on weekends, estate dispersals, and added the books my kids left behind, wanting to stock their own shelves anew. Some folks simply tooled down our dirt road and left boxes on our porch. Myself? Well, I am also a photographer, journalist, curious stuff collector, avid reader, writer, editor, small-time publisher, and online pontificator. At Hedgehog Enterprises, I do "Words & Pictures by & for Folks with Prickly Backs, Soft Bellies, & Small Brains", established in 1991. Since I have the smallest brain (by unpopular vote), I am the Head Hedgehog. Do I specialize in particular genres? I thought I did, but my barn has lots of Geezer-built shelves, and we have many interests, so topics vary, as do book conditions and editions. I try to describe such, and sometimes have too much fun as I poke along. There is no charge for the therapy of browsing, folks, so find my sites and stay awhile. If a purchase results, know that the tax collector in Newport, New Hampshire, may get a pleasant surprise. Or, I may buy a few more apple cider donuts or sweet potatoes. No pressure. Hedgehogs do have yearnings. If you should visit by chance or by appointment, enjoy our old New Hampshire farmhouse location alongside the Sugar River and its companion recreation Rail Trail, nearby two historic railroad covered bridges just off Chandlers Mill Road. Feel welcome. -- Lucy G Wells, proprietor.

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