By Jennifer W. Dickey
More than seventy-five years after its ebook, Gone with the Wind is still completely embedded in American tradition. Margaret Mitchell’s novel and the movie produced by way of David O. Selznick have melded with the wider forces of southern historical past, southern mythology, and advertising to turn into, and stay, a cultural phenomenon.
A tricky Little Patch of History (the word was once coined by way of a journalist in 1996 to explain the Margaret Mitchell domestic after it used to be spared from destruction by means of hearth) explores how Gone with the Wind has remained a big portion of public reminiscence in Atlanta via an research of museums and historical websites that concentrate on this recognized paintings of fiction. Jennifer W. Dickey explores how the ebook and picture threw a focus on Atlanta, which discovered itself at the same time provided as a logo of either the previous South and the hot South. Exhibitions produced by means of the Atlanta historical past middle with regards to Gone with the Wind are explored, besides within sight Clayton County’s declare to repute as “the domestic of Gone with the Wind,” a moniker bestowed at the county by way of Margaret Mitchell’s property in 1969. There’s a recounting of the saga of “the Dump,” the tiny condominium in midtown Atlanta the place Margaret Mitchell wrote the publication, and the way this position grew to become an emblem for all that used to be correct and all that used to be incorrect with Mitchell’s writing.
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A Tough Little Patch of History: Gone with the Wind and the Politics of Memory by Jennifer W. Dickey