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it in your research. Author of Wednesday's
E. Annie Proulx says of Wednesday's Child: "Rhea Côté Robbins' Wednesday's Child is beautiful
stuff, a defiant and poignant memoir that transcends the personal. It is
an important book not only for its immediate content, for the experience
of life within its covers, but because it gives us a glimpse of the almost
unmined Golconda of literary source material in Franco-American lives."
Grace Metalious, née Marie Grace de Repentigny (19241964),
a Manchester, N.H., native, was best known for her racy novel "Peyton Place"
(1956), one of the most widely read novels ever published. Metalious portrayed
the dark secrets of a small New England town, apparently basing her story
on her experiences in Gilmanton, Laconia, and Alton, N.H. The SocietyŐs
bobblehead is fashioned after a photograph taken by Larry Smith of Metalious
at her typewriter dressed in her characteristic blue jeans, flannel shirt,
sneakers, and pony tail. The photograph became known as ŇPandora in Blue
JeansÓ and was the publicŐs first image of the controversial new author.
PLEASE NOTE: $1 additional shipping cost will be added to each bobblehead
shipped outside of New England. SPECIAL: Get 10% off when you buy the bobblehead
and the book "Peyton Place" (regularly $17.95).
To purchase: http://www.nhhistory.org/store/det.aspx?UPC=16515
McCoy's Freedom of Press [search on page for "Peyton"] Beattie, A. M., and Frank A. Underhill. "Sense and Censorship: On
Behalf of Peyton Place." Canadian Library Association Bulletin, 15:9-16,
July 1958. B135 Text of the testimony of a professor of English and a former professor
of history in behalf of Peyton Place at a hearing before the Canadian Tariff
Board. The Board handed down a majority ruling which permitted the entry
of the book into Canada. The statements give "a distinction between obscenity
and realism in literature and an interpretation of modern fiction."
Pearce, Lillian. "Book Selection and Peyton Place." Library Journal,
83:712-13, 1 March 1958. P75. Article concerns a letter written by Margaret Cole of Queens Borough
Public Library in reply to a letter objecting to the inclusion of Peyton
Place in one of the branch libraries. The letter was written to clarify
and explain the book selection policies of the library.
John Waters on NPR Filed under: John Waters
There's a wonderful interview of John Waters by Terry Gross of NPR
that you can listen to online. Waters talks about some of his early
influences—Grace Metalious's Peyton Place was one—and he recounts
his earliest exposure to sex films at Baltimore's Rex Theatre. (The Rex
isn't showing smut anymore: the building now happens to house the Mt. Calvary
Holy Church.) As always, Waters is in excellent form and if you have a
few minutes today, it's well worth a listen.
Talking: Director John Waters [NPR] The above on Waters taken from: A Dirty Shame http://www.defamer.com/adirtyshame/index.php?page=3
girls don't wear Cha-Cha Heels!" by Leigh Rutledge Camp aficionados rejoice! Screenwriters may want to leave the room.
Nice Girls Don’t Wear Cha Cha Heels! by Leigh Rutledge is an encyclopedic
collection of the most unforgettably campy lines from some of the best
and worst films of all time.