When Margaret Mitchell published Gone With the Wind in 1936, she jokingly said if all her friends and family bought it, it might sell a few hundred copies. After the novel made publishing history by selling a million copies in six months during the Great Depression, Mitchell was stunned. “I’m flabbergasted.”
Seventy-five years later, the world still “gives a damn” about Gone With the Wind. The novel, now published in 40 languages, sells 250,000 copies each year; the movie is the highest grossing film ever; and Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler are household names.
Georgia Public Broadcasting decided to take a fresh look at the novel’s author in a new documentary, Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel. The videos included are either outgrowths from stories told in the program or brand new stories that we didn’t have time to tell, but definitely need telling.