Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellMargaret Mitchells monumental epic of the South won a Pulitzer Prize, gave rise to the most popular motion picture of our time, and inspired a sequel that became the fastest selling novel of the century. It is one of the most popular books ever written: more than 28 million copies of the book have been sold in more than 37 countries. Today, more than 60 years after its initial publication, its achievements are unparalleled, and it remains the most revered American saga and the most beloved work by an American writer...
Gone with the Wind
I am a re-reader. I have been all my life. The habit was born of necessity: I grew up poor and itinerant. The books I accumulated were from thrift stores, picked up in paperback for fifty cents or in hardback for a lofty dollar. I tried to pick books that were long and would last me a while. I knew the title from conversations about the movie. The cover made it look sexy, those flames and dark-haired lovers.
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The minute Technicolor film received a record 13 Oscar nominations, winning eight competitive Academy Awards, including best film, actress Vivien Leigh , supporting actress Hattie McDaniel and director Victor Fleming. The film has been re-released eight times, been a staple on television since the s and a bestseller on video, DVD and now Blu-ray.
On this day in , Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind was published. In honor of its birthday, here are 10 things you might not have known about the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It was boredom that caused year-old Margaret Mitchell to write 63 of the most beloved chapters in literary history. When the ankle proved slow to heal this time, she decided to occupy herself by writing. Though Mitchell spent the next decade working on characters and plot development, almost no one knew she was writing a book. She went to extreme lengths to hide her work from friends and family, including hurriedly throwing a rug over pages scattered on her living room floor once when company showed up unexpectedly.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that the movie was based on was almost never published. Margaret Mitchell was a very private person and had written the , word book for herself while stuck in bed after a car accident. Her husband later claimed credit, saying that it was only after he refused to get her any more books to read from the public library and he told her to write one of her own instead that Mitchell began working on Gone with the Wind. When a friend recommended she give it Harold Latham of Macmillan Publishing, she denied the manuscript even existed. Mitchell finally gave it to Latham, but then sent a telegram asking for it back.