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Gone with the wind.
Margaret Mitchell
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Margaret Mitchell, 1900 - 1949 Novelist Margaret Mitchell was born November 8, 1900 in Atlanta, Georgia to Eugene Muse Mitchell, a prominent attorney, and Maybelle Stephens Mitchell, a suffragette. She attended Smith College from 1918-1919 to study psychiatry, but she had to return to Atlanta when her mother died during the great flu epidemic of 1918. In 1922, she married Red Upshaw but left him three months later and had the marriage annulled. In 1925, she married John Marsh, the best man at her first wedding. He died in 1952. Mitchell joined the prestigious Debutante Club, but her public drinking, smoking and her performance of an Apache dance in a sensual costume, ended that for her. She was refused membership to the Atlanta Junior League. She began her writing career as a feature writer for the Atlanta Journal. She authored a freelance column for the paper called Elizabeth Bennett's Gossip. Mitchell is the author of the best selling novel of all time, "Gone with the Wind" (1936). In 1939, the film version was a smash hit and it received ten Academy Awards. Scarlett's original name was Pansy, which was also the book's working title, but editors insisted that it would be changed because of its use in the North to refer to homosexuals. Other early titles of the book were "Tote the Weary Load" and "Tomorrow Is Another Day." It is believed that the character Rhett Butler was inspired by her first husband Red Upshaw, and the character Ashley Wilkes was inspired by her first fiance, the attractive and idealistic Lieutenant Clifford Henry. Henry was killed in France during World War I and Mitchell declared him as the one great love of her life. On August 16, 1949, Margaret Mitchell died of injuries she received when she was hit by an intoxicated cabdriver while crossing Peachtree Street in Atlanta. She was mourned by so many that tickets had to be distributed for the funeral. Published posthumously was "Lost Laysen" (1996), which was a novella Mitchell wrote in 1915, at the age of fifteen, as a gift for her boyfriend. (Bowker Author Biography)

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main characters Scarlett O'Hara
Headstrong; narcissistic; determined to survive the hardship of the Civil War by picking cotton and rebuilding her father's Tara plantation, successful businesswoman who capitalizes on the struggle to rebuild the South; owns a saw mill; passionately in love with Ashley; married Melanie's brother who died in the war; married three times; lost Rhett due to her persistence to win Ashley over.
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Ashley Wilkes
Honorable; handsome; chivalrous; becomes sad after the war; regrets not marrying Scarlett; committed to Southern tradition; represent the Old South; can't adjust to the postwar South.
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Melanie Hamilton Wilkes

Rhett Butler
Thrown out of West Point and his aristocratic family; goes after what he wants; earns his fortune through gambling, wartime blockade-running, and food speculation; hated by southern aristocrats; nostalgic about the traditions of the Old South; opportunistic; joins the Confederate army; in love with Scarlett.

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