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"Beyond a doubt one of the most remarkable first novels produced by an American writer. It is also one of the best."-- The New York Times
"The best novel to have ever come out of the South...it is unsurpassed in the whole of American writing."-- The Washington Post
"Fascinating and unforgettable! A remarkable book, a spectacular book, a book that will not be forgotten!"-- Chicago Tribune
"Gone with the Wind is one of those rare books that we never forget. We read it when we're young and fall in love with the characters, then we watch the film and read the book again and watch the film again and never get tired of revisiting an era that is the most important in our history. Rhett and Scarlet and Melanie and Ashley and Big Sam and Mammy and Archie the convict are characters who always remain with us, in the same way that Twain's characters do. No one ever forgets the scene when Scarlet wanders among the wounded in the Atlanta train yard; no one ever forgets the moment Melanie and Scarlet drag the body of the dead Federal soldier down the staircase, a step at a time. Gone with the Wind is an epic story. Anyone who has not read it has missed one of the greatest literary experiences a reader can have."-- James Lee Burke, bestselling author of The Tin Roof Blowdown
"I first read Gone with the Wind in grade school--a boy of the upper South who'd seen the great movie and felt compelled to learn what lay behind it, all thousand-plus pages worth. No page disappointed me. What other American novel surpasses its eagerness to tell a great story of love and war; what characters equal the cantankerous passions of Scarlett and Rhett? Even Scott Fitzgerald spoke well of it. What more could I ask, even seven decades later?"-- Reynolds Price
"In my own personal life, I find many similarities to Scarlett's: The whole 17-inch waist thing notwithstanding, I do love a barbecue, both for the food and the men--I have been known to "eat like a field hand and gobble like a hawg"--I admit that at least on one occasion I may have feigned interest in some guy to further my own interests--I have fought tooth, toenail and tirelessly for my family--I learn slow but I learn good--and even so, I still adore the prospect of dealing with most things...Tomorrow."-- Jill Conner Browne, The Sweet Potato Queen, bestselling author of The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel
"In 1936 I was in E.M. Daggett Junior High in Ft. Worth, Texas. By some chance I was able to read Gone with the Wind early on. Then and now, I found it one of the great experiences of a young life. I still list it as one of my 10 favorite books."-- Liz Smith, nationally syndicated columnist
"Not just a great love story, Gone with the Wind is one of the most powerful anti-war novels ever written. Told from the standpoint of the women left behind, author Margaret Mitchell brilliantly illustrates the heartbreaking and devastating effects of war on the land and its people." -- Fannie Flagg, Academy Award nominated-author
"Let's say you've read Gone with the Wind at least twice, and seen the movie over and again. So, here's a thought. Buy this handsome paperback edition, just for Pat Conroy's preface. This passionate, nearly breathless love letter is a Song of Solomon to Margaret Mitchell, Scarlett O'Hara, and Conroy's beautiful, GTW-obsessed mother. Indeed, his luminous preface packs a durable wallop, just like the epic Pulitzer prize-winning work that inspires it."-- Jan Karon, author of The Mitford Years series
"GWTW is an indelible portrait of a unique time and place, American's greatest political and moral conflict, and the myths that surround it -- an all absorbing spectacle of a read even for postmodern readers. Mitchell vividly portrays the disillusionment and devastation of war, the ignorance of the uninitiated, and the transformation of arrogance into tenacity that shaped the first "new South." All the details of history and place come together as a rich backdrop for those unforgettable characters: shallow and selfish Scarlett, sincere Melanie, moony-eyed Ashley, and the sage, pragmatic, dashing, and rakish Rhett Butler--the most enduring heartthrob of American literature has produced. I'd reread the book for the thrill of Rhett alone!" -- Darnell Arnoult, author of Sufficient Grace
""Gone with the Wind" is one of those rare books that we never forget. We read it when we're young and fall in love with the characters, then we watch the film and read the book again and watch the film again and never get tired of revisiting an era that is the most important in our history. Rhett and Scarlet and Melanie and Ashley and Big Sam and Mammy and Archie the convict are characters who always remain with us, in the same way that Twain's characters do. No one ever forgets the scene when Scarlet wanders among the wounded in the Atlanta train yard; no one ever forgets the moment Melanie and Scarlet drag the body of the dead Federal soldier down the staircase, a step at a time. "Gone with the Wind" is an epic story. Anyone who has not read it has missed one of the greatest literary experiences a reader can have."-- James Lee Burke, bestselling author of "The Tin Roof Blowdown"
Margaret Mitchell (born Nov. 8, 1900, Atlanta, Ga., U.S.-died Aug. 16, 1949, Atlanta)
Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her first and only novel, Gone With the Wind. The best-selling Civil War romance was published in 1936 and later turned into one of the most famous movies of the era, with Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in the roles of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara. The film won the 1939 Academy Award for best picture, plus seven other Oscars.
In 1992 author Alexandra Ripley published Scarlett, a sequel to Gone With the Wind authorized by Mitchell's estate... Mitchell is no relation to fellow writer Joseph Mitchell... Margaret Mitchell should not be confused with Martha Mitchell, the so-called "Mouth of the South" who was the wife of Watergate-era Attorney General John Mitchell.
SCARLETT O'HARA was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the
Tarleton twins were. In her face were too sharply blended the delicate features of her mother, l
Coast aristocrat of Freneh de.scent, and the heavy ones of har florid Irish father. But it was an
arresting face, pointed of chin, square of jaw. Her eyes were pale green without a touch of hazel,
starred with bristly blaek lashes and slightly tilted at the ends. Above them, her thiek black brows
slanted upward, cutting a startling obliqle line in her magnolia-white skinthat skin so prized by
Southern women and so carefully guarded with bonnets, veils and mittens against hot Georgia suns.
Seated with Stuart and Brent Tarleton in the cool shade of the porch of Tara, her father's
plantation, that bright April afternoon of l861, she made a pretty picture. Her new green iowered-
muslin dress spread its twelve yards of billowing material over her hoops and exactly matched the
flat-heeled green morocco slippers her father had mently brought her from Atlanta. The dress set off
to perfection the seventeen-inch waist, the smallest in three counties, and the tightly ftting
basque showed breasts well matured for her sixteen years. But for all the modesty of her spreading
skirts, the demureness of hair netted smoothly into a chignon and the quietness of small white hands
folded in her lap, her true self was poorly concealed. The green eyes in the carefully sweet face
were turbulent, willful, lusty with life, distinctly at variance with her decorous demeanor. Her
manners had been imposed upon her by her mother's gentle admonitions and the sterner discipline of
her mammy; her eyes were her own.
Margaret Mitchell's epic novel of love and war won the Pulitzer Prize and went on to give rise to two authorized sequels and one of the most popular and celebrated movies of all time.
Many novels have been written about the Civil War and its aftermath. None take us into the burning fields and cities of the American South as Gone With the Wind does, creating haunting scenes and thrilling portraits of characters so vivid that we remember their words and feel their fear and hunger for the rest of our lives.
In the two main characters, the white-shouldered, irresistible Scarlett and the flashy, contemptuous Rhett, Margaret Mitchell not only conveyed a timeless story of survival under the harshest of circumstances, she also created two of the most famous lovers in the English-speaking world since Romeo and Juliet.