Sunday, May 22, 2011

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

This is by far my favorite book of all time. It is a timeless classic that will never go out of style. Yes, it is a love story, but it is much more than that. It is a story of survival, the idea that you can continue regardless of how you feel, how weak you seem; life and the will to live takes over. It also gives a true sense of the ability and strength of women regardless of the time.

-Scarlett was originally named Pansy

-Scarlett was partly based on Mitchell herself and her grandmother

-Rhett was based on Mitchell's first husband Red Upshaw

-the initials JRM in her dedication refer to her second husband John Reginald Marsh

-Margaret Mitchell maintained the only character taken from real life was Prissy the maid

-When asked who she'd like to be in the movie version, Mitchell said 'Prissy'

-Like a detective novelist, Mitchell wrote the last chapter first and the first chapter last

-GWTW is the only book to sell more copies than the Bible

-Mitchell nearly went blind just proofreading the manuscript!

-Mitchell scrupously researched every detail for GWTW, even going to the town register to ensure there was no Rhett Butler or Scarlett O'Hara alive during the Civil War

-The novel took ten years to complete, most of it was written in three years

-For style, she endeavoured to make her prose so that a five-year old could read it

-If she would have ever written a sequel, it would have been called 'Back With the Breeze' On that note,please avoid the Ripley penned sequel 'Scarlett', it is atrocious.

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