Can a writer who has published only one work in his entire life become famous all over the world? Perhaps it looks more like a fairy tale. But this is exactly what happened to the ordinary American Margaret Mitchell, whose novel "Gone with the Wind" became a real bestseller.
Margaret was born in 1900 in Atlanta. Her ancestors were wealthy planters, participants in the American Civil War on the side of the southerners. Childhood Margaret Mitchell passed in an atmosphere of constant talk about the traditions of the American South, about the rich plantations owned by both grandfathers of the future writer.
At the age of 22, the girl went to work as a journalist for Atlanta Jordan. However, her reporting career was short-lived: a few years later, Mitchell received a serious leg injury and left the editorial office. She was then only 25 years old, shortly before that she had married John Marsh, an insurance agent. This was Margaret Mitchell's second marriage, her first violent husband was murdered somewhere in the Midwest.
So a young, and, by and large, unknown journalist to anyone turned into an ordinary housewife. In 1926, she decided to record family stories about the events of the mid-19th century. She wrote more for her own pleasure, without even thinking that after a while the whole world would be reading her novel. Having already finished the main part of the work on the work, she refused to sign a contract with any publication for a long time.
Only in 1935 did she yield to the persistent requests of the editor of a large publishing house Macmillan Latham, and gave him her manuscript titled "Tomorrow is another day." In the process of working on the publication of the book, the title was changed - "Gone with the Wind".
The book was published in June 1936, and was an overwhelming success. In a short time, the entire 100-thousandth circulation was sold, not every literary classic could boast of such popularity. And in just the first 10 years, more than 3.5 million copies of the novel were purchased.
The very next year, Mitchell received the prestigious literary Pulitzer Prize, and in December 1939, a film based on the novel by the writer premiered in the United States. The film, by the way, enjoyed no less success than the book.
This was the end of Margaret Mitchell's literary career. She no longer took up the pen, until the end of her days reaping the fruits of her only literary work.
On August 11, 1949, on one of the streets of Atlanta, Margaret Mittchell was hit by a car, and died 5 days later without regaining consciousness.