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Gone With The Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
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"Beyond a doubt one of the most remarkable first novels produced by an
American writer. It is also one of the best."
-- The New York Times
unsurpassed in the whole of American writing."
-- The Washington Post
book that will not be forgotten!"
-- Chicago Tribune
forget. We read it when we're young and fall in love with the characters,
then we watch the film and read the book again and watch the film again
and never get tired of revisiting an era that is the most important in our
history. Rhett and Scarlet and Melanie and Ashley and Big Sam and Mammy
and Archie the convict are characters who always remain with us, in the
same way that Twain's characters do. No one ever forgets the scene when
Scarlet wanders among the wounded in the Atlanta trainyard; no one ever
forgets the moment Melanie and Scarlet drag the body of the dead Federal
soldier down the staircase, a step at a time. Gone with the Wind
is an epic story. Anyone who has not read it has missed one of the
greatest literary experiences a reader can have."
-- James Lee Burke
-Jill Conner Browne, THE Sweet Potato Queen
went on to give rise to two authorized sequels and one of the most popular
and celebrated movies of all time.
Many novels have been written about the Civil War and its aftermath. None
take us into the burning fields and cities of the American South as Gone
With the Wind does, creating haunting scenes and thrilling portraits of
characters so vivid that we remember their words and feel their fear and
hunger for the rest of our lives.
In the two main characters, the white-shouldered, irresistible Scarlett and
the flashy, contemptuous Rhett, Margaret Mitchell not only conveyed a
timeless story of survival under the harshest of circumstances, she also
created two of the most famous lovers in the English-speaking world since
Romeo and Juliet.
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