Margaret Mitchell

(1900—1949) American novelist

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Georgia author and journalist, from 1926 to 1936 wrote her one book, Gone with the Wind (1936, Pulitzer Prize). This long romantic novel of Georgia during the Civil War and Reconstruction, told entirely from the point of view of the middle class in the Old South, won an immediate and unprecedented popularity throughout the U.S. Said to be the fastest-selling novel in the history of American publishing, it had a sales record of 50,000 copies in one day and approximately 1,500,000 during its first year. By May 1941 the sales reached 3,368,000 in the hard-bound editions in the English language, and of the 18 translations made in those first five years, the German was the most popular, selling 500,000 copies. The book's great initial popularity was further enhanced by a lavish motion-picture version first released in 1939.

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