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Reading Report About Gone With the Wind

Reading Report About Gone With the Win d Gone with the Wind, written by Margaret Mitchell has been one of the bestsellers and popular with the reader ever since its publication in 1936. It is her first and only long novel. In 70 years since 1936, the novel was wide spread and well received. It was considered as a very classic work.

About the author:

Margaret Mitchell, an American woman writer in the South, was born on November 8, 1900 in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lived all her life. Mitchell grew up listening to stories about old Atlanta and the battles the confederate Army had fought there during the American Civil War. At the age of fifteen she wrote in her journal: “If I were a boy, I would try for West Point, if I could make it, or well I‟d be a prize f ighter.” In her youth Mitchell adopted her mother‟s feminist leanings which clashed with her father‟s conservatism, but she lived fully the Jazz age and wrote about it in nonfiction, like in her article …Dancers Now Drown Out Even the Cowbell‟ in he Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine. In 1922 she married Berrien Kennard Upshaw. The disastrous marriage was climaxed by spousal rape and was annulled in 1924. Mitchell started her career as a journalist in 1922 under the name Peggy Mitchell, writing articles, interviews, sketches, and book reviews for the Atlanta Journal.

From 1926 to 1929 she wrote Gone with the Wind, the novel took her nearly ten years. She never thought that so many people favor it even now. the New Yorker praised it and the poet and critic John Crowe Ransom admired “the architectural persistence behind the big work” but criticized the book as overly Southern, particularly in its treatment of Reconstruction.

During World War II, Mitchell was a volunteer selling war bonds and volunteer for the American Red Cross. She was named honorary citizen of Vimoutiers, France, in 1949, for helping the city obtain American aid after World War II.

Mitchell died in Atlanta on August 16, 1949. She was struck by a speeding car while crossing Peachtree Street.

The main plot of Gone with the Wind: