Peyton Place and Return to Peyton Place

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Gramercy Books, 1999 - Fiction - 622 pages
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Peyton Place, published in 1956, has sold over 10,000,000 copies world-wide and remains the fourth biggest selling novel of all time. Its sequel, Return to Peyton Place, published in 1959, was a national best-seller for many, many months. Considered scandalous 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.

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For what it was, within the context of its time, I thought it was pretty brilliant. Even from my current time and especially progressive mindset I enjoyed the reading of it. The writing was quite nice ... Read full review

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I read this because my uncle told me a lavish story of how the author came to write the novel. She was from Gilmanton Iron Works, NH, which is the supposed town of her story. It is also the town my ... 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.
ARDIS CAMERON is Professor of American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship for her work-in-progress, Tales of Peyton Place: The Biography of a Big Book. She is also the author of Radicals of the Worst Sort: The Laboring Women of Lawrence, Massachusetts 1860-1912 (1993) and the editor of Looking For America: The Visual Production of Nation and People (2004).

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