Last month marked the 75th anniversary of Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. When the book was first published in May of 1936, it set publishing records. Soon after Mitchell’s death in 1949, over 8 million copies of the classic epic novel were sold.
The motion picture was released in 1939, winning eight of its 13 Oscar nominations. The movie starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable and further increased the novel’s already intense popularity.
In celebration of this anniversary, Atlanta is hosting several city-wide events this month.
About Gone With the Wind
The 1936 American novel by Margaret Mitchell set in the Old South American Civil War and Reconstruction. The novel won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning 1939 film of the same name. It was also adapted during the 1970s into a stage musical titled Scarlett; there is also a 2008 new musical stage adaptation in London’s West End titled Gone With The Wind. It is the only novel by Mitchell published during her lifetime, and it took her ten years to write it. The novel is one of the most popular books of all time, selling more than 30 million copies (see list of best-selling books). Over the years, the novel has also been analyzed for its symbolism and treatment of mythological archetypes.
Search for signed collectible editions of Gone With the Wind.