Literature

Harper Lee: American Masters

About the Documentary

Updated May 26, 2015 One of the most influential American novels of the 20th century and biggest bestsellers of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) was believed to be the first and only novel by Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926), until now. On July 14, HarperCollins will release Lee’s earliest known work, […]

In Memoriam: Maya Angelou

Update Dec. 8, 2015: The documentary on Maya Angelou will be titled American Masters — Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. Updated Oct. 27, 2015 American Masters: Maya Angelou (w.t.), a feature documentary in production for national broadcast premiere on PBS At the time of Maya Angelou’s death, she was participating in the first feature documentary about […]

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Outtakes: Is Gone With The Wind Literature?

Scholars and devoted readers of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 classic novel have been arguing the book’s literary merits for decades. An outtake from Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel.

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Outtakes: Pulitzer Prize Night

Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in the spring of 1937 for Gone With the Wind, to the dismay of some critics and the delight of others. Mitchell received news of the prize by phone, along with multiple requests for interviews. Hating publicity, she fled to a gospel concert at a small black church in […]

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Outtakes: The Grand Premiere

The premiere of the blockbuster movie Gone With the Wind took place in Atlanta on December 15, 1939. With crowds swelling to the hundreds of thousands, it was apparent the South had been waiting a long time for this moment. For many, Margaret Mitchell’s story of survival helped to redeem the South from decades of […]

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Outtakes: Pat Conroy – My Mother and Gone With The Wind

One of the great writers of our time, Pat Conroy tells a poignant story of growing up in the South and listening to his mother read Gone With the Wind with heartfelt emotion and joy. The author of The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini and The Lords of Discipline attributes his mother’s impassioned love […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Excerpt from Director Mary Murphy’s Scout, Atticus, and Boo

In an excerpt from her book, “Scout, Atticus, and Boo,” that would lead to the documentary AMERICAN MASTERS Harper Lee: Hey Boo, director Mary Murphy details the the way that biographical elements worked their way into the creation and success of Harper Lee’s literary classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Interview with Margaret Mitchell from 1936

Margaret Mitchell discusses the ways in which she conducted research to retain historical accuracy in her novel Gone With the Wind in this transcription of a radio interview from 1936 for WSB in Atlanta, Georgia.

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

About the Documentary

Margaret Mitchell was no ordinary writer. The one book she published in her lifetime – Gone With the Wind – sold millions of copies at the height of the Great Depression in America and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937, 75 years ago.  With over 30 million copies sold to date, it is one of […]