Peyton Place

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Northeastern University Press, 1956 - Fiction - 372 pages
343 Reviews
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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Review: Peyton Place (Peyton Place #1)

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I am glad I took the time to read this 50s best seller. The title is a modern synonym for scandal and closeted skeletons, but no blurb does the novel justice. It is a book that keeps you off balance ... Read full review

Review: Peyton Place (Peyton Place #1)

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When Allison writes her stories she upsets all the secrets in her hometown of Peyton Place. I think we all grew up in Peyton Place, and I think we all saw the world as a sweet innocent place and grew up knowing that behind closed doors there is a very different reality. Read full review


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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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