Frankly, My Dear, You Should Give a Damn
Gone With the Wind generated more famous quotations than you can shake a stick at, but the real legacy of Rhett Butler, Scarlett O’Hara and all the other personalities from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel lies with the woman who created them, Margaret Mitchell.
Like To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee, Mitchell wrote only one book in her lifetime. But with the penning of Gone With the Wind 75 years ago, she created an iconic piece of southern heritage that somehow transcends the Civil War.
To best understand how an author was motivated and inspired, you’d do well to spend a few hours in their haunt. You can visit William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak in Mississippi or head down to Key West to explore Ernest Hemingway’s home, but downtown Atlanta holds the key to a deeper knowledge of the what and how of Margaret Mitchell.
Travel back in time to Georgia’s 1920s, the era in which Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind, by visiting the apartment in which she lived when writing the book. See the hard-backed chair, the old typewriter and the other tools and trappings of her world as she created a work of literature that lives on through the years.
You can actively take part in Mitchell’s living legacy from February until June 2011 with a series of seminars, workshops and other programs offered through the Margaret Mitchell House, which is operated by the Atlanta History Center. Atlanta CityPASS holders receive a special $3 discount off the price of Margaret Mitchell House admission; coupon available in back of Atlanta CityPASS booklets.
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