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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Margaret Mitchell

Born to be wild would be an apt description of author Margaret Mitchell. A hellion like her protagonist Scarlett O’Hara, Mitchell was born in 1900 and started telling stories from an early age. Her first was written when she was only six or seven, and more came soon thereafter. A lastborn with a brother four years older, Mitchell had a creative and rebellious attitude that extended into her professional and social life. She was a newspaper reporter at a time when women were not usually found in such jobs. She went out with men her family disapproved of, and her first husband (“Red”) was a bootlegger who beat her. Their marriage was brief and she married again, more successfully. Rhett Butler was based on her first husband.

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