This 1950s book scandalized and captivated America—and eventually destroyed its author’s life
Nina Renata Aron
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Peyton Place was a real landmark of a book and started a cottage industry of lurid small town “exposés”. It’s interesting that it came out at the same time as Jack Kirby’s romance comics and the start of the modern women’s movement. Women’s roles had undergone a big change earlier in the century as the nation urbanized, and then again mid-century with the post-WWII repression.

For another take, from Mad Magazine #60:

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