Margaret Mitchell letters

Margaret Mitchell letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
Title: Margaret Mitchell letters
Dates: 1936, 1941
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms3326

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 masterpiece, set during the Civil War (1861-65), 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. --- New Georgia Encyclopedia - Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949) (Retrieved October 12, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of three letters written by Margaret Mitchell. The first letter is dated October 1, 1936 addressed to Mr. R. Sobol. This letter gives the author's exact opinion of her heroine "Scarlett O'Hara". Even though the movie may have made Scarlett kindler and gentler, the author did not write her that way and this is important insight into the original intent of the author. The second letter is dated September 2, 1941 and is addressed to "Dearest". This letter is of a personal nature and does not address anything related to Gone With the Wind. It does mention the war ship Atlanta's launching that Mitchell was involved in. This letter is signed "Peggy" a signature Margaret Mitchell only used with family and friends. The third letter is also addressed to "Dearest" and is dated August 15, 1941. It is very similar to the second letter.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 -- Characters
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 -- Correspondence
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 -- Gone with the wind
O'Hara, Scarlett (Fictitious character).
Sobol, R., columnist -- Correspondence
Women authors--Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Margaret Mitchell letters. MS 3326. 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 Marjorie Rawlings, MS 2444; Miss Ellen Elliott, MS 2513; Margaret Mitchell photographs, MS 3031; Mitchell-Marsh family papers, MS 3060; Margaret Mitchell letter to Mr. Rubin, MS 3600m.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter, August 15, 1941
2Letter, October 1, 1936
3Letter, September 2, 1941