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Margaret Mitchell
November 8, 1900 Author Margaret Mitchell, who penned "Gone With The Wind" is born, Atlanta, GA
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  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
October 16, 1918 Clifford West Henry dies following the during the first major American offensive of World War I. He is the boyfriend of Margaret Mitchell
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September 2, 1922 Margaret Mitchell marries Red Upshaw. The marriage will end in a divorce.
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June 15, 1925 Margaret Mitchell marries John Marsh.
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August 1, 1935 Margaret Mitchell signs contract with MacMillen
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January 22, 1936 Margaret Mitchell completes the final revision of Gone With The Wind
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May 19, 1936 Gone With The Wind is published.
  Gone With The Wind
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May 21, 1936 Margaret Mitchell assigns MacMillen the right to sell Gone With The Wind to a production studio
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June 30, 1936 Gone With The Wind hits the bookstores
  Gone With The Wind
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May 3, 1937 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize. The award ceremony is later in the month.
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  Gone With The Wind
December 15, 1939 Atlanta is the site for the premiere of "Gone With The Wind," the classic American romance
  Gone With The Wind
  Margaret Mitchell
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
August 11, 1949 After enjoying drinks at the Atlanta Women's Club Margaret Mitchell and her husband John Marsh cross Peachtree Street at 13th Street to a movie theater showing "Canterbury Tales." She is hit by a speeding taxi whose driver is drunk.
  Margaret Mitchell
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
August 16, 1949 Margaret Mitchell pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. She is later buried at Oakland Cemetery.
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  Oakland Cemetery
May 16, 1997 Margaret Mitchell house, where the author lived as she penned Gone With The Wind, is dedicated and opens to the public.
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Diminutive Margaret Mitchell was born into a family steeped in history. He father, himself a historian, taught young "Peggy" to love the history of the South. Mitchell would later exclaim that she was surprised when she learned the South had lost the Civil War. As she prepared to journey to prestigious Smith College in Massachusetts she met Clifford Henry, an Ashley Wilkes-type character whom she fell in love with. On the first day of the first great American offensive in The Great War (World War I), Henry fell to shrapnel from a German bomb.

Her first husband, Red Upshaw beat her repeatedly. Mitchell claimed that Upshaw sexually assaulted her after their divorce. Her life calmed down after marrying John Marsh, who worked for Georgia Power in the public relations department. Early in their married life Mitchell began work on "Gone With The Wind," supposedly basing characters on people in her life. Ashley Wilkes was modeled after boyfriend Clifford Henry. It is said that the character of Rhett Butler was based on Red Upshaw. While no one will ever know, this is probably not true. Rhett was a combination of historical and real people.

A brief visit by Upshaw in 1932 forced Margaret to flee to Gainesville, Georgia. During this time Mitchell was working on revising Gone With The Wind, preparing it for publication.

When the book hit the stores Mitchell became an instant celebrity, a fame she did not seek and did not want. With the outbreak of World War II she volunteered to work with the Red Cross.





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