I liked the book but it was hard to read as the pages kept coming apart from the spine. Got it for Christmas and am disappointed in the quality
A Wonderful Read
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 13 years ago
It is surprisingly unnecessary to have read (or reread) GWTW before reading this collection of letters that deals almost strictly with the book. And, having read the letters, I now must read Southern Daughter: The Life of Margaret Mitchell and the Making of Gone With the Wind because Miss Mitchell did such an excellent job of keeping her life private in her letters for fear that these letters would be published. She made it very clear that she wanted to keep her life private and never wanted to see her letters published. This puts a bit of a damper on reading the letters but does not make them any less enjoyable. She claimed on many occasions that she was not an historian but merely a story teller who grew up knowing the history of the Civil War as it pertained to Georgia. There are several letters where she painstakingly writes out answers to fans' and critics' questions in regards to historical background and accuracy. This collection has many excerpts from other people's letters so that the reader is not left in the dark about what/who it is that Miss Mitchell is responding to. There are many letters that are fan letters to other authors, but as the years go on and more and more people send her books that they think she will enjoy, these letters take on a more appreciative tone that implies that she is writing as a colleague and not a fan. Throughout these letters is a publishing theme that gets increasingly complicated as more and more countries want rights to publish GWTW. She writes in great detail of her troubles and the implications that some of these problems could have on American authors. The last few years of letters are particularly fascinating because she writes about the impact of GWTW in foreign countries who were experiencing the same "troubles" that faced the Confederacy before, during and after a war/occupation. These letters contain as much history as GWTW does. My only complaint is that this collection wasn't nearly long enough. I sincerely hope that a second volume is published some day.
OH no..bring this back. It's inimitable.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 18 years ago
When the 50th anniversary of the publication of GONE WITH THE WIND (henceforth referenced as GWTW) occurred in 1986, Harwell published this volume of letters from Margaret Mitchell Marsh. Gleaned from a collection of over 50,000 letters, clippings and notes covering a variety of subjects, these letters give us insight into the author of GWTW and her world.Marsh argues with her publisher about issues like the name of the heroine and the title of the book, which she had originally titled TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY. She had named Scarlett "Pansy" in her original manuscript. When controversy arises over her description of the desecration of Confederate cemetaries by Federal troops, she reveals her sources of information as well as her surprise that the question should come up at all! Adventures and misadventures with the filming of the book (rumors that she would cast the film caused wild complications in her life), the fame that makes her so uncomfortable, problems concerning the writing, publication and success of GWTW -- all combine to make this an unusual and utterly fascinating picture of one of America's foremost writers.Mitchell had what she called "a passionate desire for personal privacy." That passion shows in these letters, along with a touch of Scarlett O'Hara and a smidgen of Melanie Wilkes. GWTW devotees (and possibly those who aren't fans, too) will enjoy this glimpse of the double-edged sword of success and its effect on Margaret Mitchell Marsh.
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