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Monday, September 6, 2010

Margaret Mitchell Gets "The Call"

Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind, was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Smith College, but dropped out when her mother died from the flu epidemic. Margaret then took a job writing for the Atlanta Journal.
When an editor from Macmillan Publishers came to Atlanta, his publicist introduced the two of them. The editor asked Margaret if she had ever written a book, and she said no. He told her that if she ever did, he would like to see it.
Margaret later overheard an acquaintance remarking at the incredulity of Margaret writing a book. Incensed at the woman’s remark, she hurried home, gathered up some envelopes of her writing, and brought them to the hotel to give to the editor, just as he was preparing to leave.
Later, Margaret regretted the impulsive act, and wrote to ask for the manuscript back. However, the editor had already read enough to know he had a winner in his hands. He sent her a check and asked her to write the book. At that point in time, she didn’t have the first chapter written.
In 1936, Gone with the Wind was published. That year, the sales of her book soared, and Macmillan Publishers gave their employees an 18 percent pay raise.
If you get to Atlanta, don’t miss seeing the Margaret Mitchell home, where you can learn more about her and her writing.


Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Wow, great post, Joyce! Wouldn't it be great to all have luck shine on us like that? Talk about an opening! And I loved how she "showed" her acquaintance up!

Linda LaRoque said...

Great story, Joyce. I wonder what Margaret's cco-workers thought? Don't think crow tasts very good.

Jillian said...

An astounding woman! :-)

Margaret Tanner said...

Wow that is interesting. Gone With the Wind is probably my all time favourite book.


Margaret said...

What a great story. Who knows what's around the corner for any of us?! I love Gone With the Wind - one of my all time favourite reads.

catslady said...

I never knew any of that - very interesting.

Jen Childers said...

Wow, who doesn't love GWTW?
Rhett Butler still sets the standard for the romantic hero.
As far as I'm concerned there has never been a hero to match Rhett. He's a rogue, but he's elegant, refined, and intelligent.

I have to rest now, I think i'm getting the vapors.