Hervey Allen (left), author of one of the outstanding modern romantic novels, 'Anthony Advers,' and Margaret Mitchell, of 'Gone With the Wind' fame, met with Harold S. Latham, vice president and editor in chief of the Macmillan Company, publishers, at a luncheon Friday. Journal photo (1943)
Restoration work on the Margaret Mitchell House continues Wednesday, April 24, 1996 near downtown Atlanta. The building, nearly destroyed by fire in 1994, is where author Margaret Mitchell wrote 'Gone With The Wind.' Daimler-Benz, Germany's largest industrial group, is restoring the property and plans to make it their centerpiece for the 1996 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Tannen Maury)
The granddaddy of all Georgia tomes, "Gone with The Wind," probably, thanks to the 1939 film, needs no introduction. Written by lifelong Atlanta resident Margaret Mitchell, who worked as a reporter at The Atlanta Journal, the work of historical fiction follows the up and down life of young, well-to-do heroine Scarlett O'Hara during and after the Civil War. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937.
The inside of a 1936 first edition of Gone With the Wind shows a signed and inscribed message by author Margaret Mitchell in the Margaret Mitchell "lost" Gone with the Wind manuscript exhibit at the Atlanta History Center in 2011. The inscription reads, "To Augusta and Lee Edwards, old friends, dear friends, this book - "Representing nothing on God's earth now and naught in the waters below it is as a pledge of a nation that passed away. Keep it, dear friends, and show it. Show it to those who will lend an ear to the tale that this trifle will tell - of Liberty, born of patriot's dream, of a storm cradled nation that fell." Margaret Mitchell. Jason Getz firstname.lastname@example.org
In an old photograph, Margaret Mitchell, center, shares a laugh with two associates of her newspaper days, Lambdin Kay, former manager of WSB radio at left, and John Paschall, editor emeritus of the Atlanta Journal, at the Atlanta Pulitzer Prize Dinner in May 1937. Friends and associates maintained that Mitchell had a hearty laugh and enjoyed a good joke. This photograph is shown at the Margaret Mitchell "lost" Gone with the Wind manuscript exhibit at the Atlanta History Center Tuesday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga., May 25, 2011. Jason Getz email@example.com
In an old photograph, prior to publication of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell serves tea photographed by Atlanta Journal photographer Tracy O'Neill shown at the Margaret Mitchell "lost" Gone with the Wind manuscript exhibit at the Atlanta History Center Tuesday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga., May 25, 2011. A note next to this photograph reads, "Presented in a domestic setting, Mitchell had yet to suffer the indignations of fame that led her to often declare she was a "normal person" having always lived with "simple good taste." Jason Getz firstname.lastname@example.org