Since its publication in 1936,Gone with the Wind became and remains one of the most popular novels of all time. It received the 1937 Pulitzer Prize. And the film version of it released in 1939 stands as one of the most magnificent accomplishment in American filmmaking. The story, and the characters have become a part of American cultural heritage. Here I would like to give a brief review of this splendid legend.
Its writer, Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1900. Divorcing her first husband and pursuing a career in journalism despite the disapproval of society, Mitchell lived a lifestyle considered wild by the standards of 1920s. Mitchell was a willful woman and frequently defied convention, which was embodied in the character of Scarlett O'Hara, the heroine of Gone with the Wind. It is Mitchell's only novel and she refused to make any modification to the book till her death in 1949 in a car accident.
The story begins in Georgia, just prior to the American Civil War. Spoiled southern belle Scarlett O'Hara concerns herself only with balls and flirtation and schemes to win the love of the refined Ashley Wilkes despite his engagement to his saintly cousin, Melanie.
She confesses her love to Ashley in a barbecue and is rejected, but Ashley tells her he does love her, which leads to nearly all of Scarlett's important subsequent decisions. Though Scarlett fails in her schemes, she wins the admiration of dashing blockade runner, Rhett Butler. Ashley's marriage to Melanie sends Scarlett into a jealous rage. To get even, she agrees to marry Melanie's brother Charles as he and the other men head off to fight the Yankees.
The collapse of the Confederacy blows apart the genteel world of the landed gentry of Georgia.