Homage to Margaret Mitchell, on this day in 1936, “Gone with the Wind” was published.
Not a neat manuscript, but an assortment of manila envelopes stuffed with her masterpiece…..so much so, that her publisher had to go out and buy a suitcase to stuff all inside.
The heroine was written as “Pansy O’Hara,” her publisher requested she change it. I am glad she did……
Tara needed someone with passion, fire……how could she not have been named Scarlet….Pansy seems inconceivable now.
If you have never read Margaret’s biography, you should. Her charitable work was as lengthy as her novel…she just kept it quiet in a time when helping black students go to medical school would have been questionable in her social circles. An American Red Cross hospital ship was outfitted by her monetary donation during the WWII as well.
As per her request, after her untimely death, all her writings were destroyed, except for a few pages of her original manuscript of “Gone with the Wind.” (just to authenticate her authorship.)
One of those writings was a novella about a ghost story in an empty Southern plantation. My home is a Civil War farmhouse, occupied by ghosts of war as well.
Three had been privileged to read this tale….they all thought it worthy of publication……I wish she would have allowed its publication. Perhaps another treasure was destroyed in flames, and gone with the wind. And no tomorrow will ever bring it back……..