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Dedication

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p. v

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OPEN SECRETS: REREADING PEYTON PLACE

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pp. vii-xxx

For readers of books in the 1950s, there were two ways to traverse the borders of middlebrow culture and taste. One way was to follow the road marked "Literature" and take up the kinds of "serious" books cultural authorities deemed both universal and timeless.1 The other was to embrace the reading habits of what Margaret...

Peyton Place

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BOOK ONE

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pp. 1-128

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 for how long she will stay. In northern New England, Indian summer puts up a scarlet-tipped hand to hold winter back for a little while. She brings...

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BOOK TWO

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pp. 129-263

Two years had passed since that graduation night. They had passed quickly for Allison. The work was much harder in high school and this provided a mental stimulation for her that had been lacking in the grades. Somehow, too, she had come to accept herself and the world around her more calmly,...

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BOOK THREE

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pp. 264-372

The nearest that Kenny Stearns could ever come to describing Indian summer in northern New England was to say that it was "a pretty time." It was also, for Kenny, a busy one. There was always a multitude of last-minute chores to be done before winter set in; lawns to be mowed for the last time, mowers to be oiled...