Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County and Atlanta, both in Georgia, during the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era and this historical novel features a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, with the title taken from a poem written by Ernest Dowson. Gone with the Wind was popular with American readers from the outset and was the top American fiction bestseller in the year it was published, as of 2014, a Harris poll found it to be the second favorite book of American readers, just behind the Bible. More than 30 million copies have been printed worldwide, written from the perspective of the slaveholder, Gone with the Wind is Southern plantation fiction. Its portrayal of slavery and African Americans has been considered controversial, especially by succeeding generations, as well as its use of a racial epithet, however, the novel has become a reference point for subsequent writers about the South, both black and white. Scholars at American universities refer to it in their writings, interpret, the novel has been absorbed into American popular culture. Mitchell received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the book in 1937 and it was adapted into a 1939 American film. The book is read or misread through the film. Gone with the Wind is the novel by Mitchell published during her lifetime. Mitchell used color symbolism, especially the red and green. Mitchell identified the theme as survival. She left the ending speculative for the reader, however and she was often asked what became of her lovers, Rhett and Scarlett. She replied, For all I know, Rhett may have someone else who was less difficult. Two sequels authorized by Mitchells estate were published more than a century later. Born in 1900 in Atlanta, Georgia, Margaret Mitchell was a Southerner and writer throughout her life and she grew up hearing stories about the American Civil War and the Reconstruction from her tyrannical Irish-American grandmother, who had endured its suffering. Her forceful and intellectual mother was a suffragist who fought for the rights of women to vote, as a young woman, Mitchell found love with an army lieutenant who was killed in World War I, and she would carry his memory for the remainder of her life. After studying at Smith College for a year, during which time her mother died from the Spanish flu and she married, but her husband was an abusive bootlegger. Mitchell took a job writing feature articles for the Atlanta Journal at a time when Atlanta debutantes of her class did not work, after divorcing her first husband, she married again, this time to a man who shared her interest in writing and literature
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The Bonnie Blue Flag, is an 1861 marching song that refers to the first unofficial flag of the Confederacy.
1940 Women's Press Club skit in which Mammy Congress puts Scarlett O'Budgett into her corset before going to a 'lection party.
2009 The "Curtain Dress" from The Carol Burnett Show on display at the Smithsonian Institution