Margaret Mitchell letter to Marjorie Rawlings

Margaret Mitchell letter to Marjorie Rawlings

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
Title: Margaret Mitchell letter to Marjorie Rawlings
Dates: 1939 February 17
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Abstract:The collection consists of a long and detailed letter, not published in Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone with the Wind' Letters, 1939-1949. Miss Mitchell offers advice and assistance on the issue of book piracy.
Coll. Number: ms2444

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Mitchell was the author of Gone With The Wind, one of the most popular books of all time. The novel was published in 1936 and sold more than a million copies in the first six months, a phenomenal feat considering it was the Great Depression era. More than 30 million copies of this Civil War-era masterpiece have been sold worldwide in thirty-eight countries. It has been translated into twenty-seven languages. Approximately 250,000 copies are still sold each year. Shortly after the book's publication the movie rights were sold to David O. Selznick for $50,000, the highest amount ever paid for a manuscript up to that time. In 1937 Margaret Mitchell was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949) - New Georgia Encyclopedia (Retrieved March 24, 2009)


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was a Pulitzer-winning author who lived in rural Cross Creek, Florida, and wrote novels and stories focusing on rural themes and settings, including The Yearling and Cross Creek.

Index Terms

Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence.
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 -- Correspondence
Piracy (Copyright).
Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan, 1896-1953 -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

A lengthy letter to Marjorie Rawlings discussing piracy of their Pulitzer Prize winning novels. MS 2444. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

For related materials regarding Margaret Mitchell located in the Hargrett Library, see also the following collections:

Margaret Mitchell family papers, MS 905; Margaret Mitchell scrapbook, MS 1614; Margaret Mitchell letter to Miss Ellen Elliott, MS 2513; Margaret Mitchell photographs, MS 3031; Mitchell-Marsh family papers, MS 3060; Margaret Mitchell letters, MS 3326; Margaret Mitchell letter to Mr. Rubin, MS 3600m.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Letter to Marjorie Rawlings discussing piracy, 17 February 1939