Gone With The Wind

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Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was the American author who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for her immensely successful novel, Gone with the Wind, that was published in 1936. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and often used the name Peggy. Her childhood was spent on the laps of Civil War veterans and of her mother's relatives who lived through the war and the years that followed. They told her everything about the war, except that the Confederates had lost it. She was ten years old before making this discovery. After graduating from Washington Seminary, now known as The Westminster Schools, she attended Smith College but withdrew in 1918. She returned to Atlanta to take over the household after her mother's death earlier that year from the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Mitchell used this pivotal scene from her own life to dramatize Scarlett's discovery of her mother's death from typhoid, when Scarlett returns to Tara. Shortly afterward, she joined the staff of the Atlanta Journal, where she wrote a weekly column for the newspaper's Sunday edition. Mitchell is reported to have begun writing Gone with the Wind while bedridden and nursing a broken ankle. Her husband, John Marsh, brought home historical books from the public library to amuse her while she healed. Finally, he told her, "Peggy, if you want another book, why don't you write your own?" She used her encyclopedic knowledge of the Civil War, and used dramatic moments from her own life, to write her epic novel, typing it out on an old Remington typewriter. She originally called her novel "Pansy O'Hara", and Tara was "Fontenoy Hall." Mitchell wrote for her own amusement, with solid support from her husband, but she kept her literary efforts a secret from all her friends. She w... ... middle of paper ... ...acters--Scarlett O'Hara, Rhett Butler, and Ashley Wilkes--all created here by the deft hand of Margaret Mitchell, in this, her first novel. The New York Times Book Review This is beyond a doubt one of the most remarkable first novels produced by an American writer. It is also one of the best. ReadersClub.org The true American classic everyone should read. A pampered southern belle witnesses her world being torn apart by war while the man she loves marries another woman. However, Scarlett is not one to sit back and watch things happen; she does everything in her power to get what she wants. But in the end...does she really know what she wants? Is it Ashley she loves or is it the cunning Rhett Butler? And can she get back what she has tossed away with both hands? Set during the Civil War this book is all excitement, love and heartache and will mesmerize readers.

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