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Old Weird America: Peyton Place

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Program Type: Lecture
Age: Adult

Join historian Cathy Polovina as she follows her curiosity and explores "Old Weird America," to look a bit closer at a variety of adventurous, innovative, and unusual characters throughout American history.


Peyton Place, the Scandalous Book that Captivated America
In 1956, a lurid and gripping tale of murder, incest, hypocrisy, and unchecked female desire in a small New England town became the literary sensation of the century. Likewise, its author Grace Metalious, a young mother and housewife, incited an uproar with her unapologetic attitude and unconventional opinions. Come and learn why filmmaker John Waters said, “When I read Peyton Place at ten years old, I knew the world around me was a lie.”