“Yes, I want money more than anything else in the world.”
“Then you’ve made the only choice. But there’s a penalty attached, as there is to most things you want. It’s loneliness.”
Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind
Today, on June 30, 1936, Gone with the Wind was released to the public with great fanfare. It was an immediate success, with 50,000 copies going out the door as soon as the freshly printed books hit the shelves. They were sold for the exorbitant price of three dollars. The book came into being when Margaret Mitchell needed something to do during a protracted recovery period following a car accident. It seemed that Margaret’s husband, tired of transporting books from the library to appease his wife’s insatiable appetite for reading, encouraged her to write her own book.
Margaret was energetic, flamboyant, entertaining and a brilliant storyteller. She engaged her audience with vivid characters and a dramatically rich and complex narrative. Even at the end, she was uncertain whether Rhett and Scarlett were reunited!
“Gone with the Wind” is a Pulitzer Prize award-winning novel, yet many readers believe it presents a true historical perspective. Indeed, there are certain areas relating to the reconstruction and the portrayal of African Americans that have garnered criticism. Perhaps its greatest legacy is that it started a conversation and served as a reminder of the horrors of a Civil War.
“Perhaps – I want the old days back again and they’ll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears. ”
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind