Peyton Place

ISBN-10: 1555534007

ISBN-13: 9781555534004

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Description: 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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List price: $19.95
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 3/4/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

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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