GRACE METALIOUS (1924–1964) was the author of Peyton Place, Return to Peyton Place, The Tight White Collar (1960), and No Adam in Eden (1963). She was a resident of Gilmanton, New Hampshire.
ARDIS CAMERON is Professor of American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship for her work-in-progress, Tales of Peyton Place: The Biography of a Big Book. She is also the author of Radicals of the Worst Sort: The Laboring Women of Lawrence, Massachusetts 1860–1912 (1993) and the editor of Looking For America: The Visual Production of Nation and People (2004).