Daily Archives: July 25, 2015

MMitchell House-1

Although I have lived in Atlanta for four years I have not visited The Margaret Mitchell House until today. Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind at this residence at 990 Peachtree Street. She wrote the last chapter first and the others in no particular order. After completing a chapter she would place the pages in a manila envelope and hide them in various places in her apartment. When she had visitors she covered her work with a towel to keep her novel a secret. By the time Mitchell completed Gone with the Wind she had amassed about 80 envelops. The book was published in 1936 and was 1,037 pages long. Mitchell became an overnight celebrity and continued to be in the public spotlight through the premier of the movie, Gone with the Wind, in 1939. She died at the age of 48 in 1949 after being struck by a drunk off-duty taxi driver. I only have sketchy memories of watching Gone with the Wind with my mother as a youngster but today’s visit to the Margaret Mitchell House has inspired me to read the book and watch the movie that made Atlanta proud.