outtakes

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

The Atlanta Race Riot 1906

Born in 1900, young Margaret Mitchell was profoundly influenced by a violent race riot perpetrated by white mobs against innocent blacks. The Atlanta Race Riot of 1906 ravaged her home city and haunted the hub of the South for decades. Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel premieres nationally on Monday, April 2 from 9-10 p.m (check local […]

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

Outtakes: Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb, author of the critically acclaimed She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True and former Director of Creative Writing at  University of Connecticut, discusses Scout’s universally sympathetic voice and the ways in which To Kill a Mockingbird and all literature can act as an agent of change. Harper Lee: Hey Boo […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: Mark Childress

Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama, describes how Harper Lee’s protagonist Scout Finch, the narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird, was a radical voice of change in the segregated south of his childhood. Harper Lee: Hey Boo airs Monday April 2nd at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Mark Childress: Yeah I always have. I […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: Allan Gurganus

Allan Gurganus, author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and The Practical Heart, discusses the ways that Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird influenced him as an adolescent. The novelist’s ability to distill national issues into a local, familiar setting, he says, made him excited about literature. Harper Lee: Hey Boo airs Monday […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: Richard Russo

Novelist Richard Russo describes how he reluctantly read To Kill a Mockingbird as a student in Catholic school. Russo explains how the relationships described in the book influenced him as a writer and provided inspiration for his own characters in his Pulitzer prize-winning novel, Empire Falls. Harper Lee: Hey Boo airs Monday April 2nd at […]

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: James McBride

James McBride, author of the memoir The Color of Water, discusses how Harper Lee used the voice of her protagonists in To Kill a Mockingbird to bravely provide an accessible and radical point of view about racism in 1960. He describes and how today’s authors can expand upon Lee’s views. Harper Lee: Hey Boo airs […]