Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone with the Wind

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In telling the private story of the remarkable 24-year marriage of Mitchell and Marsh, Walker has used hundreds of the couple's previously unpublished letters and has conducted interviews with many relatives, friends, and co-workers of the couple. 60 photos.

In telling the private story of the remarkable 24-year marriage of Mitchell and Marsh, Walker has used hundreds of the couple's previously unpublished letters and has conducted interviews with many relatives, ...

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Overview

In telling the private story of the remarkable 24-year marriage of Mitchell and Marsh, Walker has used hundreds of the couple's previously unpublished letters and has conducted interviews with many relatives, friends, and co-workers of the couple. 60 photos.

In telling the private story of the remarkable 24-year marriage of Mitchell and Marsh, Walker has used hundreds of the couple's previously unpublished letters and has conducted interviews with many relatives, friends, and co-workers of the couple. 60 photos.

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Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949), author of Gone With the Wind , jilted her kind, protective suitor, John Marsh, and instead married Red Upshaw, an unstable bootlegger who physically abused her. Even after she divorced Upshaw, Mitchell, according to Walker, was a confused romantic who in many ways resembled her heroine, Scarlett O'Hara. A ``classic demanding-dependent personality,'' Mitchell found more than a supportive fatherly mate in public relations executive Marsh, whom she finally married in 1925. Walker, a professor of English and philosophy at the University of Kentucky-Henderson Community College, reveals that Marsh played a vital role in the creation of Mitchell's classic Civil War saga. He offered key ideas and advice, continuously edited the manuscript as his wife wrote it, and helped with the revision. Walker quotes liberally from the couple's letters and also draws on interviews, family papers and archival research to tell a moving love story of a symbiotic union that lasted 24 years. A remarkable piece of detective work. Photos. 25,000 first printing; author tour. (Oct.)
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A fascinatingportrait of Mitchell, her husband & editor, John Marsh, & their "baby" of epic proportions, Gone With the Wind. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561456178
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 8/15/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 661,059
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Anniversary Edition v

Preface to the First Edition ix

Notes about the Letters xviii

Acknowledgments xix

Chapter1 A Man of Character 1

Chapter2 1895-1919 / Opposites Attract 17

Chapter3 1912-1921 / Reasonable Ambitions 45

Chapter4 1922-1924 / A Bizarre Courtship 67

Chapter5 1922-1925 / Love Regained 91

Chapter6 1925-1926 / A Writer in Progress 127

Chapter7 1927-1935 / In the Wake of a Masterpiece 165

Chapter8 1935-1936 / Midwife to a Novel 209

Chapter9 1936 / A Fantastic Dream 245

Chapter10 July 1936 / Unbelievable Days 279

Chapter11 1936-1937 / Reaping the Whirlwind 311

Chapter12 1937-1939 / Publicity, Pirates, and Power 345

Chapter13 1936-1939 / Making the Movie 383

Chapter14 1940-1945 / Patriotic Volunteer 429

Chapter15 1945-1952 / Reality of Dark Dreams 473

Notes 519

Index 545

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    This was just a great book! It's long, but it's worth it. The bo

    This was just a great book! It's long, but it's worth it. The book tells the story of the love between Margaret Mitchell (who wrote Gone with the Wind) and John Marsh. It's well-written and easy-to-read. It is also very well-researched and provides and excellent narrative of their lives together.

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