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HARWELL, RICHARD (ED.) - Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind Letters, 1936-1949 / edited by Richard Harwell

New York : MacMillan 1976. Second Printing. An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dw. now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight. bright. clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new.; 441 pages; Description: xxxvi. 441 p.16 leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes index. Subjects: Mitchell. Margaret (1900-1949) --Correspondence --Gone with the wind --Novelists. American --20th century --Correspondence --Georgia --History --Civil War. 1861-1865 --Literature and the war. Summary: Alas. wrote Margaret Mitchell in January 1937. 'where has my quiet peaceful life gone?' Within six months of publication. her Gone With the Wind had been hailed as a literary and publishing phenomenon. Over one million copies had been sold. And. almost overnight. this local journalist from Atlanta had been hurled to international prominence. The agony and ecstacy of this undremaed-of success is told in her personal correspondance. the publication of which represents another literary event. For Gone With the Wind overwhelmed her. It took over her daytime (and often her nighttime) hours. Even as late as 1949 two secretaries were required to keep up with the mass of correspondance it created. These letters reveal for the first time a side of her personality that her adoring public never knew - the side that tried desperately not to be lionized as a celebrity. and that wanted to remain simply Mrs. John R. Marsh. private citizen.ISBN: 0025486500.