Title: Gone with the Wind
Author: Mitchell, Margaret
Publisher: The Macmillan Company, New York
Publication Date: 1936 (August)
Edition: First Edition. Seventh Printing.
Book Condition: VG
Comments: No d-j. Very light wear to headcap. Small tear on tail. Previous owner’s writing on title page. Light scratch on bottom edge. Bookplate on inside cover. FFEP and rear pastedown tanned.
Synopsis: Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman’s March to the Sea. A historical novel, the story is a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, with the title taken from a poem written by Ernest Dowson.
Gone with the Wind was popular with American readers from the onset and was the top American fiction bestseller in the year it was published and in 1937. As of 2014, a Harris poll found it to be the second favorite book of American readers, just behind the Bible. More than 30 million copies have been printed worldwide.
The film adaptation of Gone with the Wind was released in 1939, winning ten Academy Awards.