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Gone With the Wind

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Gone With the Wind is an American novel by Margaret Mitchell which was published in 1936, and an American film based on the book, that relates the story of a rebellious Georgia woman named Scarlett O'Hara and her travails with friends, family and lovers in the midst of the antebellum South, the American Civil War and the Reconstruction. The book and the Academy Award-winning movie are among the most popular of either ever produced.

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1 The Book
2 The Film
3 External link

The Book

Critics and historians regard the book as having a strong ideological commitment to the cause of the Confederacy. This is apparent from the book's opening pages in which a description of the way in which Scarlett's beaux, the Tarleton twins, have been expelled from university and accompanied home, out of a sense of honor, by their elder brothers presents a metaphor of the South's interpretation of the issue of statehood for Kansas.

The book won the Pulitzer Prize on May 3, 1937.

An official sequel, Scarlett, was written by Alexandra Ripley in 1991.

The copyright holders attempted to suppress publication of a book, The Wind Done Gone, which told the story from the point of view of the slaves, but the federal appeals court turned them down in 2001. The successful defence was based on the court's acceptance of the book as parody.


The Film

1938, film producer David O. Selznick decided that he wanted to create a movie based on Gone With the Wind. He bought the rights for $50,000, a record amount at the time. A well-publicized casting search for an actress to play Scarlett resulted in the hire of young British actress Vivien Leigh, although many other famous actresses had been tested, including Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Tallulah Bankhead, and Lucille Ball.

Shooting began on December 10, 1938 and was completed on November 11, 1939. The film premiered in Atlanta, Georgia on December 15, 1939, with estimated production costs of four million dollars and has become the highest-grossing movie of all time adjusted. It was a smash hit and is still regarded by many as one of the greatest films ever made; the film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry and has undergone a complete digital restoration.

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An early Gone with the Wind poster


(A full list can be found at The Internet Movie Database: Gone With the Wind (1939) Nominated

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