The New York Times review was headlined “Small Town Peep Show.” “If Mrs. Metalious can turn her emancipated talents to less lurid purposes,” it read, “her future as a novelist is a good bet.” (It was one of very few positive reviews the book received; many saw her work as simply lewd.)
This 1950s book scandalized and captivated America—and eventually destroyed its author’s life
Nina Renata Aron

As with most things, the New York Times was wrong — artistically speaking, the lewd and the lurid shall inherit the earth.