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

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

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by Marianne Walker
     
 

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story of the remarkable 24-year marriage of Mitchell and Marsh, Walker has used hundreds of the couple's previously unpublished letters and has conducted interviews with many relatives, friends, and co-workers of the couple. 60 photos.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

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story of the remarkable 24-year marriage of Mitchell and Marsh, Walker has used hundreds of the couple's previously unpublished letters and has conducted interviews with many relatives, friends, and co-workers of the couple. 60 photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)
Alice Joyce
Through her exclusive access to over 200 of Mitchell's and Marsh's personal letters and a close association with some surviving members of their family, Walker succeeds in presenting a fresh, exciting account of the complex, intertwined aspects of the lives of this celebrated writer and her less well known spouse. "GWTW" was Mitchell's great singular achievement, and the uncertain extent to which Marsh may have written as well as edited the celebrated novel might easily be viewed in today's terminology as being dramatically "codependent." But Walker brings an intriguing perspective to the personal and professional interplay during their long marriage, revealing Marsh's doting attachment to his wife and, in turn, her reliance upon him in all aspects of her life and work. This appealing portrait of a marriage is certain to generate interest among Mitchell's legions of fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561452316
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
Anniversary Edition
Pages:
555
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.76(d)

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Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone with the Wind 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago