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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 - Ellen F. Brown, John Wiley Jr. An engaging inside look into the publishing phenomenon that is Gone With the Wind. From the New York Time's obituary in August 1949, "Miss Mitchell wrote a book which was the most phenomenal best seller ever written by an unknown author of a first novel."Gone With the Wind was that and so much more. So was author, Margaret Mitchell. Delightful quotes from Miss Mitchell are peppered throughout this story, which draw out the personality and the character of a woman who knew who she was, and was determined to live through the turbulence of a wildly successful book publication, her way. I'm not sure how many people are aware of the precedents established with the Gone With the Wind book publication, and then subsequent movie production, but it is all spelled out here in a style that conveys a certain suspense, even though this is a nearly 75 year old story. For publishing insiders, this is an especially riveting look behind the scenes, at the various scenarios that Miss Mitchell faced as she shepherded her brainchild through it's hurdles. The story goes beyond her death, to the current day, with details into all the estate decisions and ramifications with regard to foreign publications and international copyright law, potential movie and stage productions, and the controversial decision to authorize sequels to the original work.Recommended for anyone who wants a peek into the perspective of the woman and the book she wrote, that was one of the most sensational publishing events of the twentieth century.