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Gone With the Wind As Book and Film

edited by Richard Harwell

Published: Mar 1 1992






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The inclusion of this book in the Open Carolina collection is made possible by the generous funding of

The scope of writings about Margaret Mitchell's famous novel

No writing in recent times has captures the imaginations of people all over the world as dramatically as Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. A blockbuster as a novel, a smash hit movie, Gone With the Wind excites as much interest today, almost fifty years after its publication and filming, as it did when it first exploded onto the scene.

Now, for the first time, the foremost authority on Gone With the Wind, Richard Harwell, has gathered into one collection the most significant writings on the book, the film, and author Margaret Mitchell. Harwell brings special depth and understanding to these writings because of his personal acquaintance with Mitchell and his long-time study of GWTW phenomena.

The first section of Gone With the Wind as Book and Film records the reception of the novel as a giant in the bookworld in 1936. The second section is about Miss Mitchell and how her novel changed her life forever. Section three describes the social background against which Gone With the Wind made its appearance and looks at some theological, political, and psychiatric aspects of its impact. The fourth section details creating a film from the book.

Gone With the Wind as Book and Film is the definitive volume on Margaret Mitchell's unique accomplishment.

The late Richard Harwell was acknowledged as an expert on Gone With the Wind and related writings. He built one of the world's largest collections of GWTW volumes and memorabilia. Harwell wrote many books and edited many others, including Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" Letters: 1936–1949 and Gone With the Wind: The Screenplay. At the time of his retirement he was curator of rare books and manuscripts at the University of Georgia Library.

". . .a delicious volume for Gone With the Wind enthusiasts. . . .a fascinating potpourri"—American Classic Screen

"Those wishing to cut through the hype surrounding the release of the sequel to Gone With the Wind would be well advised to dip into Gone With the Wind as Book and Film. Mr. Harwell's collection of the most significant writings on the book, film, and author helps put it in historical and culture context"—The Christian Science Monitor

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