Peyton Place.

New York: Julian Meissner, [1956].

Price: $7,500.00

About the item

First Edition. [viii], 372 pp. 8vo. INSCRIBED TO HER AGENT AT PUBLICATION. Black paper covered boards. Very good copy, some rubbing to extremities, in unclipped ($3.95 price) dust jacket with minor wear, small loss to head of spine panel.

Item #345740

Inscribed on the flyleaf to her agent: "To my dear friend Jacques – in gratitude for his patience, kindness and smart head. With love, Grace Metalious Sept 27, 1956." The book was published in late September, 1956.

Metalious sent her manuscript to an agent named Jacques Chambrun, whom she chose because his name was French. Chambrun loved the novel and shopped it unsuccessfully to a number of publishers until it was picked up by Messner Associates, one of the few publishing houses run by a woman. Kitty Messner and Metalious bonded instantly and a period of intense revision followed, the most significant revision being changing the title from It'll Do to Peyton Place.