Margaret Mitchell

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Margaret Mitchell

Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta after the turn of the century. She was the daughter of a lawyer. She attended Atlanta public schools, and graduated from Washington Seminary, an Atlanta preparatory school. She then attended Smith College at Northampton, Mass., for about a year before leaving because of the death of her mother. Miss Mitchell became a member of the staff of The Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine in 1922 and worked there until 1926, writing under the name of Peggy Mitchell. She was forced to abandon this position, however, because of an injured ankle. It was then that she began writing her famous novel, "Gone With the Wind." The year before this, she married John R. Marsh.When "Gone With the Wind" went on the bookstands June 30, 1936, she had hoped for a sale of 5,000 copies. One day that summer it sold 50,000 copies.Early in 1949, it was announced that 8,000,000 copies of the book had been sold in thirty languages in forty countries, and that 50,000 copies were still being sold yearly in the United States. The motion-picture version, with Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, became America's most popular movie and was shown throughout the country to big audiences in 1947 for the fourth time.On August 16, 1949, Miss Mitchell died of injuries received when she was struck down by a speeding drunk driver the Thursday before. She was crossing Peachtree Street in Atlanta with her husband, John R. Marsh. Mr. Marsh was the "J.R.M." to whom "Gone With the Wind" was dedicated. Miss Mitchell once said, "being the author of 'Gone With the Wind' is a full-time job, and most days it is an overtime job filling engagements and meeting visitors."


"Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect."

She published Gone With The Wind in 1936.She won the Pulitzer in 1939.Her book was made into a film in 1939, which one eight Oscars and two special Oscars.She worked for the American Red Cross during WWII.After her death in 1949, she continued to achieve, being inducted into Georgia Women of Achievement in 1994 and Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2000.


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Gone With The Wind

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