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  •  For Good 'Ol Fashioned American Smut (10+ / 0-)

    - including incest, suicide, abortion, legs getting ripped off, pregnancy via a married man, & other goodies - nothing...NOTHING beats Grace Metalious' Peyton Place. Love it...LOVE IT! :D Yes, I own it AND the "sequel."

    "HERPES was more popular than Dick Cheney when he left office!" Rachel Maddow 5/23/12

    by CityLightsLover on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:13:00 AM PST

    •  OMG! I read those too (7+ / 0-)

      Yeah, she really laid it on with a trowel, didn't she?  Wonder if it's true she locked her kids out of the apartment so she could be free to write.

       I had a friend who tiresomely told me THREE times, over a period of several years, that one time Metalious was discovered sitting before her typewriter, staring into space.  When asked what she was doing she replied, "I'm getting to know my characters."

      Her name lives on in our family life before holiday meals, when we all say grace.  Mother always said, "Grace Moore." My sister said, "Grace Metalious."  I used to say "Grace de Valhubert," the name of the heroine in Nancy Mitford's The Blessing. Someone else used to say "Grace Darling"--she who rescued some sailors from drowning, I believe.  I can't think of any more Graces offhand, unless you count Gracie Allen.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:30:00 AM PST

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