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5.0 out of 5 starsA great book
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2016
I really enjoyed this book. It gave me a lot of insight into her book., Gone with the Wind. I felt like it was more of a biography of Gone with the Wind than of her life. She was greatly influenced by what happened in her young life, her family and her surroundings the people she met. The characters in the book were definitely based on her life. She was feisty and determined. She didn't believe that her book would be such a sensation. It made me want to read the book again. I would definitely recommend it
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020
Like anyone I've always been intrigued with Gone With the Wind so I eagerly read this book. By the last few pages I almost felt sad for an author who obviously was talented but had little idea how skilled she truly was. For some reason she had been scarred to think how unable she was and existed in the shadow of extreme insecurities her entire life. She held a magic formula to tell a story that has remained classic in the hearts of anyone interested in the Civil War and a good tale. Margaret Mitchell captured a time in our history that yes, was fraught with controversy due to slavery but her story of a magnificent woman wrapped into a unforgettable tale was stellar. Too bad she held such little belief in her marvelous storytelling device that eventually grew into a monumental movie. It was as though she constantly apologized for her imagination and was totally unable to give herself any credit for inventing such a story. I suppose all great artists never realize their exceptional talents and usually pass away without ever knowing the endless souls they have touched. Margaret Mitchell was her own worst critic and became absorbed in her inability to accept her greatness. Sad.
Will now re-read Gone With the Wind from a different point of view. Did not realize how much research Margaret Mitchell did to get the accuracy correct of the Civil War battles, etc. Even down to the time of day and weather conditions were detailed.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt is a great biography about this eloquent writer of GWTW
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2015
I was pleasantly surprised with this book, only because I wasn't expecting Margaret Mitchell to be who she really was in real life. She definitely patterned Scarlett O'Hara after herself. It is a great biography about this eloquent writer of GWTW. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I really liked the writing style and the information was very helpful. I did, however, feel like it got thin at the very end, but her life did end abruptly, so there. I would like to have known more about the sales of the book after her death and her brother taking over control.
Interesting read on the author of Gone With the Wind. The similarities between Scarlett O'Hara and Margaret Mitchell are uncanny. It's evident that Margaret Mitchell's life experiences helped shape her characterizations.
5.0 out of 5 starsA very good, excellently written
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 25, 2017
A very good, excellently written, comprehensive biography of a fascinating woman. Mrs. Edwards avoids the classic booby trap(s) in telling Margaret Mitchell's story: she never uses barfly psychology to "explain" things away. Excellent work.
4.0 out of 5 starsThis biography is a comprehensive look at the life and ...
Reviewed in Canada on August 29, 2015
This biography is a comprehensive look at the life and motivations of Margaret Mitchell, whose personal papers were nearly completely destroyed after her early death. I learned a lot about how the book came to be; what early experiences of Mitchell informed the story, the amount of exhausting editing and meticulous research that went into it, and the isolating problems of fame. Well-written, insightful and page-turning.