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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This book was incredible. Even though it was written a lifetime ago and I have no connection whatsoever to that time or place, I found it absolutely mesmerising and relatable. It was the book that shocked the nation during its time and I still found it thrilling by today's standards. The characters are incredibly real, I felt like I know these people. Absoultely stunning, Grace Metalious instantly became one of my favourite authors.
"Metalious is well on her way to academic respectability, too. Ardis Cameron, an English professor at the University of Southern Maine, helped get Peyton Place back between soft covers a few years ago with an introduction describing it as "America's first blockbuster" and a key to understanding both the stifling cultural conformity of the 1950s and the first stirrings of rebellion against it."--The Independent
Series: Hardscrabble Bks.
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 4th March 1999
Publisher: University Press of New England
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97 x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Type: New edition