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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Gone With the Wind Turns 75

Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel celebrated its 75th anniversary recently, reports USA Today (Classic Novel Gone With the Wind Turns 75, May 31, 2011). To commemorate the event, the paper writes that the Atlanta History Center is exhibiting four of the novel’s original manuscript chapters. One of the four is the last, which Mitchell wrote first, and has Scarlett’s famous line: “After all, tomorrow is another day.”

According to the USA Today article, Mitchell actually wrote the novel twice. It was originally titled Manuscript of the Old South and the name of the main character: Pansy rather than Scarlett.

The novel still attracts a following, including Facebook pages, Twitter postings and even a group of fans who call themselves “Windies.”

So, if you are looking for a good summer read, take a second, third or fourth look at this Civil War saga. While you are at it, you may want to sample the novels and non-fiction this 1942 bestseller spawned.

Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley

The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall

Rhett Butler’s People by Donald McCaig

Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone With the Wind by Marianne Walker

Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind Letters 1936-1949 by Margaret Mitchell

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