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Inside Peyton Place: The Life of Grace Metalious (Banner Book)

Inside Peyton Place: The Life of Grace Metalious (Banner Book)

The juicy biography of the scandalous novelist who lifted the lid off a New England town Indian summer is like a woman. Ripe, hotly passionate, but fickle, she comes and goes as she pleases so that one is never sure whether she will come at all, nor

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Review by for Inside Peyton Place: The Life of Grace Metalious (Banner Book)
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    Grace Metalious said that she highly doubted if anyone would remember the title “Peyton Place” after her death. Sadly, she died in 1964, from alcoholism, less than ten years after Peyton Place was published. Emily Toth’s biography is a fascinating and compelling story of how two women (Metalious and publisher Kitty Messner)rocked the publishing world with a book that many publishers scoffed at, and dismissed as trash. Toth reveals how timing and crafty publicity tactics started a sensational buzz about a book that was ripe for America’s stagnant and sterile 1950′s. It broke all records for book sales up to that time, and held that spot for over 10 years. The financial success was liberating yet highly troubling for Grace. It led to a broken marriage, several unhappy afairs, tensions with her family and a fatal addiction to alcohol. Once Peyton Place took off, it had a life of it’s own. Although it was continually associated with Grace, she had no control over the popular movie or sensational television series. Grace Metalious was independent, outspoken, and certainly not a conformist. She broke all the rules, succeeded, yet paid a hefty price.

  2. Elizabeth Clarke Horrigan says:

    Review by Elizabeth Clarke Horrigan for Inside Peyton Place: The Life of Grace Metalious (Banner Book)
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    I read Peyton Place at its fifty year mark for the first time, and thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my book group. The biography offered wonderful addenda to our discussion, and gave me a clear picture of Grace Metalious. It is very well written, and reads like a novel. Do both and do your book group a favor!

  3. C. Tabor says:

    Review by C. Tabor for Inside Peyton Place: The Life of Grace Metalious (Banner Book)
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    I liked the book by Emily Toth and read Grace Metalious’ two novels and also her autobiography.

    But I keep wondering WHEN finally a book on the Peyton Place TV series will get published?

    There are many books for less important TV series available like “The Partridge Family”, “Lost in Space”, “The Avengers” or “The Twilight Zone Companion” etc.

    It would be fascinating if somebody could interview the surviving actors from Peyton Place and also add lots of magazine articles from the mid to late sixties regarding this TV series. I would be willing to pay $30.00 or $40.00 for a Peyton Place Companion to the TV series. It’s long overdue!!!

  4. catherine says:

    Review by catherine for Inside Peyton Place: The Life of Grace Metalious (Banner Book)
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    I picked up this book and thought it would be some old fashioned boring novel, I was verry surprised the book was sensational, I could not put it down. I am now reading Return to Peyton Place and am equally impressed. It is as current as any book written today. All things don’t change.

  5. Anonymous says:

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    This is a good book but can’t say it “blows the stagnant 1950s” away (there were exposes before PP and after so it would be a stretch to say that it affected the 1950s in any way!) That being said, there’s another book that PP fans should read (if you can find it: Girl from Peyton Place) and is a bio of Grace written in 1964 before the tv series premierred and after her death. Very good! One thing to say about PP it was the first popular nighttime soap (One Man’s Family from the 50s aside) that had all of us talking the next day on our way to work about what those:”depraved people were doing in that dirty little town!” Anyhow, good to see someone taking an interest in this subject as the book and its movies and tv series’ were cultural icons of the mid 20th century.

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