Before Scarlett: Girlhood Writings of Margaret Mitchell

Before Scarlett: Girlhood Writings of Margaret Mitchell

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by Margaret Mitchell
     
 

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Discovered one sultry summer in an Atlanta basement full of sixty years' worth of accumulated debris, the writings of a young Margaret Mitchell reveal a prodigious and inspirational talent for such a young girl. The writer, who would later pen the best-selling book of all time after the Bible (and one that still sells more than 200,000 copies annually), was a

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Discovered one sultry summer in an Atlanta basement full of sixty years' worth of accumulated debris, the writings of a young Margaret Mitchell reveal a prodigious and inspirational talent for such a young girl. The writer, who would later pen the best-selling book of all time after the Bible (and one that still sells more than 200,000 copies annually), was a precocious, imaginative, headstrong rebel and yet as distracted by everyday concerns about parental approval and social insecurities as any child. Nevertheless, as shown in the pages of Before Scarlett, Mitchell displayed an amazing talent through her writing of letters, journals, short stories, and one-act plays (later staged in her midtown Atlanta home). From westerns and shipwreck tales to stories of scalawags and musings on her best friends and boys, Mitchell demonstrated a finesse for challenging authority and striking out on her own--personality traits not surprising for the society debutante who was later rejected by the Junior League of Atlanta because of a racy dance she performed at one of their balls and the author who would later cope with the pressures of international fame measured against her personal philanthropic efforts for African American causes in racially divided Atlanta. Mitchell's is a story of youthful independence and talent. Fully illustrated with twenty-eight recently discovered writings, this collection is perfect for any young writer, or anyone interested in the early writings of one of America's most popular authors.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Like discovering the secret diary of Scarlett O'Hara.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Great insight into her natural talent.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

It is amazing to think that a girl at such a tender age wrote these stories.
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Provides a comprehensive portrait of the celebrated author's early life.
Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781892514622
Publisher:
Hill Street Press, LLC
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.67(w) x 8.77(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author


Jane Eskridge teaches social sciences in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 8, 1900
Date of Death:
August 16, 1949
Place of Birth:
Atlanta, Georgia
Place of Death:
Atlanta, Georgia
Education:
Smith College
Website:
http://www.gwtw.org

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Before Scarlett: Girlhood Writings of Margaret Mitchell 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its incredibly sad to think that the wonderful, funny, and witty girlhood writings of Margaret Mitchell might have moldered away, undiscovered, in a distant relations basement--and never seen the light of day. How fun and clever little Peg must have been. There is a little bit of Scarlett O'Hara on every page!