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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Never Enough: Peyton Place and the Making of a Literary Sequel

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pp. vii-xxviii

In the fall of 1956, Mrs. Thomas H. Leary sat down to read the season’s hottest new book, a controversial novel about a fictional New England town called Peyton Place. But her reading was fraught with difficulties. Her son, a student at Dartmouth College, “was disgusted,” she wrote in a letter to Grace Metalious, “and my husband wasn’t much better pleased.” ...

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Part One

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pp. 1-70

Sometimes, winter comes gradually to northern New England so that there is an element of order and sequence to time and season. When the first snow comes it is not surprising because it has been expected for quite a while. ...

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Part Two

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pp. 71-144

Allison Waited. Now that her novel was scheduled for publication, there was nothing to do but wait. She could not work. She had planned on beginning her second novel, but soon gave up all thought of it. She found it impossible to plunge into something new before knowing how the critics and public would accept her first effort. ...

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Part Three

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pp. 145-180

In September, Allison left Peyton Place for a week in New York before going on to Hollywood. It meant arriving at the studio two days later than they expected her, but she decided it was more important to have a week with Lewis, an uninterrupted week of being with him and loving him. ...

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Part Four

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pp. 181-238

Allison returned to Peyton Place in late October, having spent a week in New York with Lewis. She had had to tell Constance that the stopover in New York was necessary for business reasons. As the train pulled into Peyton Place, she thought, Lewis has become a guilty secret. She did not want to have secrets from her mother, but she knew that Constance would be worried and terribly upset to learn that she was involved with a married man. ...