Margaret Mitchell’s Biography

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was a famous American author and journalist from Atlanta, Georgia. She was born on November 8, 1900 and passed away in August 16, 1949, at the age of 49. Margaret grew up listening stories about relatives who survived the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) and the Civil War (1861-1865). She also heard stories
of the Civil War from her parents and great aunts, who lived at the family's rural home in Jonesboro, Georgia, and from Confederate veterans with whom she would ride in the countryside around Atlanta.

Every since a young age, Margaret enjoyed writing, often spending hours at a time composing stories and plays. She continued writing through her school years receiving encouragement from English teachers in high school and in college. Due to her mother’s death, Margaret dropped out of Smith College, where she had been studying medicine, and moved back to Atlanta to to keep house for her father and older brother, Stephens.Three years later, she married Berrien Kinnard Upshaw, nicknamed "Red," but their stormy marriage ended quickly with an annulment. Less than a year later, she married another men, John R. Marsh. At about this time she also started working at The Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine as a reporter. After four successful years with the newspaper, Mitchell had to quit in 1926 because a broken ankle injury forced her to remain in bed. This is when she began writing Gone with the Wind to stave off boredom .Mitchell wrote the last chapter of Gone with the Wind first and then proceeded chronologically, working steadily for several years. Margaret Mitchell claimed that she had never intended to publish "Gone With the Wind", not even in 1935,when a friend introduced her to Harold Latham, an editor from the MacMillan publishing company, and told him about the book. Although she was initially reluctant, Mitchell finally gave Latham her manuscript, but warned him of its deficiencies. Latham was captivated by the novel and the MacMillan publishing company published Gone with the Wind in 1936. The book was an immediate best-seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Literature in 1937. The movie adaptation of the book was made in 1939 when Mitchell herself attended the premiere.

1949." which she wrote when she was 16. During World War II. On August 11.Mitchell’s only other work is the novella "Lost Laysen. It was published posthumously in 1995. Mitchell became a volunteer selling war bonds and a volunteer and spokesperson for the American Red Cross. She died five days later and is buried in Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery. . Mitchell was hit by a car while crossing Peachtree street.

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