Well, I declare. Someone has found part of the “Gone With the Wind” history that scholars had considered gone forever. And just in time for the 75th anniversary of the novel’s publication.
Here’s how the New York Times writes about the news:
Long thought to have been burned the way the North set fire to the cotton at Tara, the final typescript of the last four chapters of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind” has turned up in the Pequot Library in this Yankee seaport town. If not quite a spoil of war, the manuscript is a relic of some publishing skirmishes, and it will go on exhibit starting on Saturday, before traveling to Atlanta, Mitchell’s hometown, in time for the 75th anniversary of the novel’s publication in June.
On the same day that I read about this discovery, I made a discovery of my own. I realized only by accident that Margaret Mitchell’s last home was in an apartment building designed by Neil Reid at 1 S. Prado. A plaque outside the building, sitting just across from the entrance to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, tells visitors that Mitchell’s housekeeper burned the GWTW manuscript in the boiler room at the author’s request, upon her death. [Read more…]