Paper: A Biography of Margaret Mitchell, Author of Gone with the Wind

Margaret quickly found someone new and married John Marsh in 1925(Margaret Mitchell 59). In 1935, Harold Latham, editor from Macmillan, was in Atlanta searching for manuscripts. Margaret put her manuscript of Gone with the Wind into envelopes for Harold to read. Even though it was in an awful condition Harold could not stop reading. The novel was published in 1936 and was one thousand and thirty seven printed pages long. The book sold eight million copies and was also sold in eighteen foreign languages. The movie rights to Gone with the Wind were sold for fifty thousand dollars. Gone with the Wind was Mitchells only completed novel. Critics feel the novel reflects her life and also the people that influenced her. Margaret wrote Gone with the Wind with the stories that her family told her in mind. Many of the characters from the novel have similarities to the people she knew and lived with (Margaret Mitchell 59). The 1937 Pulitzer Prize for fiction was awarded to Margaret for her creative writing in Gone with the Wind. The setting of Gone with the Wind is in the south on a plantation during the time of the Civil War. The main character, Scarlett OHara, helps her family through the Civil War and the rebuilding. Rhett Butler married Scarlett and they had a daughter, Bonnie Blue. Scarlett and Rhett had a terrible marriage for the only thing that kept them together was Bonnie. Bonnie died when she was thrown from a pony her father bought her. In the story, Scarlett is brought down to poverty form her rich childhood. She uses her charm to get back her wealth because of the destruction of the plantation. Gone with the Wind will remain a memorable work of literature (Grimes 2590). Margaret was a brilliant writer who wrote about people from her life and surroundings. She had a clever way of showing her emotions and feelings in writing. The works of Margaret Mitchell will never be forgotten....