Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood

Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood

by Ellen F. Brown, John Wiley


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ISBN-13: 9781589795679
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 02/16/2011
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Ellen F. Brown is a rare book dealer and freelance writer specializing in stories about antiquarian books and the rare book industry. She lives in Richmond, Virginia. John Wiley, Jr. owns one of the largest collections of Gone With the Wind memorabilia in private hands, including every American edition of the novel and over 600 foreign editions. He writes a quarterly newsletter, The Scarlett Letter, for GWTW fans and collectors.

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Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
readingfiend on LibraryThing 21 days ago
If you're a fan of Gone with the Wind - book or movie - this is a great book to read. I thought Margaret Mitchell was quite a southern diva! The authors did a great job with their research considering how private MM was and how her executors followed the wishes of her and her husband.The story follows the book from envelopes full of pages right through to present day. In between is the relationship between the Marshes and McMillan Publishing and David Selznick. Even the publishing process was pretty interesting.A great read.
sallylou61 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This is a detailed, carefully researched history of the book, Gone with the Wind, published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of its original publication. It is primarily the story of the writing of the book, getting it published, and managing the literary rights of the book, first by and for Margaret Mitchell herself and later for her estate. The narrative includes the arrangement and maintenance of the movie rights and the literary rights concerning the publication of the book in many foreign countries and in many languages. Included are the efforts to have the royalties from various editions paid. The narrative covers other forms of artistic expression based on the book including comic strips, dramas, and musicals, and of altering the story through sequels or spoofs. Although the book covers from the beginning of Margaret Mitchell¿s life through the present (2011), it could also be considered the story of Margaret Mitchell and her husband and business manager, John Marsh, specifically in relation to the book. Margaret Mitchell had worked on writing the novel for nearly ten years when she finally submitted the manuscript to Macmillan at the request of Lois Dwight Cole and Harold Latham in 1935; she gave many envelopes of manuscript directly to Mr. Latham on one of his scouting trips. The manuscript was in no way ready for a quick publication; once it was accepted, Margaret, assisted by her husband, worked feverishly to prepare the story for publication. Margaret Mitchell did not want to be involved with promoting her book. She did not go on any book tours, and gave very few speeches. However, she willingly answered mail from readers. She was opposed to writing a sequel; she was satisfied with the way the novel ended (p. 226). Margaret¿s career following publication of the novel was chiefly devoted to taking care of the literary rights of her book, once again with the help of her husband. However, throughout the 1940s she jotted down notes and ideas for stories (p.259). Margaret Mitchell¿s Gone with the Wind is written chronologically. Each chapter heading is followed by the time period covered. This means that different topics are covered in each chapter rather than having one a chapter devoted only to foreign rights in a particular country.
sstaheli on LibraryThing 21 days ago
As a nearly life-long fan of Gone With the Wind in both novel and film form, I was thrilled to find a book detailing the genesis of this great work. Happily, this book definitely did not disappoint. I have an even deeper respect for Margaret Mitchell now that I know the challenges she faced in the process of bringing this story to generations of fans.
varielle on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Margaret Mitchell¿s Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller¿s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood chronicles the story of how an unpublished writer like Mrs. Mitchell was able to take bits of her family history and craft them into an international bestseller which doesn¿t show signs of abating even after seventy-five years. Much of her success of course, is due to the big wigs of the publishing industry, who recognized a gold mine when they saw one. From the book and Academy Award winning movie sprang an entire pop culture industry, with spin off books and sequels, tours and spoofs, souvenirs and catch phrases. Who can forget ¿fiddle-dee-dee,¿ or ¿I¿ll think about that tomorrow,¿ or ¿Frankly my dear, I don¿t give a damn.¿ Even though I¿ve read the book that inspired all of this at least four times, and the last time was more than thirty years ago, I can still remember the opening line, ¿Scarlett O¿Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when captured by her charms as the Tarlton twins were.¿ When the iron curtain fell and the movie finally had its opening in Russia, the Russians came out in their version of their ante-bellum best to see it, nearly fifty years after its initial premier in Atlanta. I recently had to explain to a Canadian visitor why there were no old stately mansions to be seen there, ¿Well, there was this General named Sherman who wanted to make Georgia howl.¿ No better illustration of which can be seen in Mitchell¿s written account and in the spectacular movie version of the burning of Atlanta. Mrs. Mitchell¿s untimely death, by being mowed down on fabled Peachtree Street by an automobile, cut short her full realization of her success, but her savvy estate has insured a constant stream of revenue for her heirs. The book odyssey of Gone With the Wind is one other writer¿s can only dream of with envy. Envy the color of Mrs. O¿Hara¿s portiers.
Sarij on LibraryThing 21 days ago
When I was a young girl Gone with the Wind was one of my favorite books. I think I read it three times in high school. Each time I read it I hoped it would end differently even though I new books don¿t change. When I was in my early twenties I read a lot about the movie stars that stared in the movie adaptation and what I could about the author Margaret Mitchell. As I got older I put my interest in it aside for more serious books. When I saw this biography of Mitchell on Librarything¿s Early Reviewer list I thought it would be fun to revisit my passion. I was happy to learn I won the book and started it the day I received it.As a frustrated writer I thought it would be fun to read about the journey the book took, from Mitchell¿s struggles with her writing skills to the problems of overseas publication, this bio had it all. I cannot completely fault the author Ellen F Brown for my lack of enthusiasm I felt when reading this book.Brown¿s writing is good but this book dives too deep into the mundane facts of Mitchell¿s book. A whole chapter devoted to the back and forth negotiations over the contract signing were a little too much for me. As much I was interested in how this process works, the chapter became boring and had me wondering if this was a book I wanted to continue. As I read it became clear Brown did a lot of research and does offer tidbits not previously written about, but for someone like me who has read almost everything writing about Mitchell and her work most were things I already knew. Over all I felt this book is too long and may lose many readers¿ attention. Some of the chapters could have been cut down and many of the secondary characters could have been left out. For those who want to know all the ends and out of the publishing industry this may be a great read and if you are interested in Mitchell and her work but have not read much this will probably keep your interest
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If you love Gone With The Wind, the book and/or the movie, you will really enjoy reading this. It's a real eye opener about what Margaret Mitchell went through to finish this great novel and all that came afterward. Who knew? Very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the nook down! I was always a casual GWTW fan, but this gave me a new understanding and love for it. Beautifully written, this account brings the GWTW journey to life. I applaud the citation and use of so many sources in a way that tells a dynamic story of what could easily just have been a monotone history lesson. I highly recommend this to anyone.
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So much happens in this book and it keeps you engaged the whole time. It was incredible!
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English_Lit_lover More than 1 year ago
I met one of the author's tonight at public library presentation and 75th anniversary of GWTW. Wiley presented with his dynamic historical context from which he drew most of the research for his book. I truly enjoyed reading it and recommend this for any GWTW fan!
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Bookhobbit More than 1 year ago
My grandmother stood on Peachtree Street during the premier of Gone With the Wind and swore she could have reached out and touched Clark Gable. She introduced me to the novel and movie at a young age, and I've reread it, re-watched it, and treasured it ever since. I was thrilled to see that a new book on this Southern icon was available, and I eagerly read it. Even though I have read a good deal about the book, movie, and Margaret Mitchell, I learned some things from this book that I did not know. I found Brown and Wiley's efforts outstanding, especially when it came to sharing little-known information. For instance, I never knew the role that Lois Cole played in the discovery of the novel. The information on the foreign copyrights and Mitchell's efforts on behalf of other American writers was quite interesting. This book also brings the entire saga, including Ripley's sequel and stage productions, up-to-date; the authors don't simply end the book with Mitchell's death, as so many other works do. If you are a GWTW fan and want to know more about this wonderful book, then this is a book that needs to be a part of your collection.
RPEwing More than 1 year ago
I am not a hardcore GWTW fan, nor a lover of biographies or history for that matter. That being said, Bestseller's Odyssey was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the life and times of Margaret Mitchell's great work. I received an advance copy of Bestseller's Odyssey with few preconceptions and so was not surprised to discover how little I understood of the publishing industry. What I was not expecting was to be so intrigued by the nature and number of legal hurdles which Mitchell and her work overcame. Extending far beyond its initial print publication, this book details all those who shaped the ultimate path of Gone with the Wind. Despite my original ambivalence (apologies all) towards GWTW, I found myself rooting for Mitchell as she struggled to protect her work and maintain her principled stance. My appreciation for Mitchell deepened reading how she overcame each successive challenge as she shepherded the book along its way. I chuckled reading the frequent excerpts from Mitchell's genteel yet fierce correspondence. The depth and breadth of this book was impressive and left me rueful for simpler, more civil times.