Peyton Place: "The Uses--and Abuses--of Enchantment"
I could tell you some stories, honey, that ain't nothin' like the stories you tell me.
-- Grace Metalious, Peyton Place1
[Fairy tales] in a much deeper sense than any other reading material, start where the child really is in his [sic] psychological and emotional being. They speak about his severe inner pressures in a way that the child unconsciously understands, and without belittling the most serious inner struggles which growing up entails--offer examples of both temporary and permanent solutions to pressing difficulties.
-- Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment
A photograph on the back cover of Dell's twenty-fifth printing of Peyton Place shows author Grace Metalious seated in front of her typewriter, surrounded by the props of her trade: a cigarette burns in the glass ashtray and a pile of manila envelopes (containing manuscript, of course) litters the table. This representation of the "young author at work," however, differs slightly from others of its kind; rather than book-lined shelves behind Metalious's head we find brightly printed kitchen curtains; rather than a regulation-size desk for Metalious's typewriter we find a converted kitchen table. Just to be sure that we do not miss the message of the photograph, marketers at Dell provide an explanatory blurb: " Grace Metalious is the young housewife in blue jeans who created America's most controversial novel." In other words, Metalious is a "housewife-novelist": because of the latter term, she sits at a typewriter; because of the former, she sits at a typewriter in the