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I was recently told by one Fulton County Mailing List Member that
this site would not be complete without a Margaret Mitchell
page, I have done my best to create a page that is both
interesting in re to Margaret and her life, however
I did not put in all the details in re to her marriages.
There seem to be many accounts of her marriages,
and I was unable to obtain the "true" story from them.
I have written the Margaret Mitchell foundation in hopes
that they will be willing to contribute to this site a
more historically and genealogically twist to this.

However, due to your requests - here is the "bare bones in
re to Historical Content Gained on Margaret Mitchell, her life,
her home, her words, I hope you enjoy reading the following:
My thanks to her fan club for the photos, ......

DISCLAIMER: This site is not meant to cause "distress to anyone that is
offended by "The Gone With the Wind Novel" - this site is placed
here for historical value and content." If you would prefer not
to view this information, please click here and you will be returned to
the main page.

GONE WITH THE WIND is published. .....
A World Renowned Book and Movie - "Gone With the Wind - written
by Margaret Mitchell was published in 1936. This book was
based as a Civil war Novel -
It won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize. The movie right
was sold for over $50,000 and the movie based
on this WONDERFUL novel was released in 1939 and won ten
Academy Awards in 1940.
The Movie did not premier in Atlanta
Until 1939 some three years after the publication.

David O. Selznick paid Margaret Mitchell $50,000 for the
motion picture rights to
Gone With the Wind. At the time, more than
200,000 copies of the popular novel
had been sold, and the $50,000 was
the most ever paid for screen rights
for an author's first work.


Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was born in,
Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, November 8, 1900.

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was born on
to Eugene Muse Mitchell and Maybelle Stephens Mitchell
in the home of her maternal grandmother,
Annie Fitzgerald Stephens.
The house was at 296 Cain Street, Atlanta, and the house was shared by
Annie Stephens, and her daughter and son-in-law.

Margaret's father - Eugene Muse Mitchell was a prominent lawyer,
President of the Atlanta Historical Society with associations
to the Carnegie Library.

Most people do not know that Margaret had a brother named
Stephens Alexander Mitchell

Mitchell graduated from the local Washington Seminary
and started in 1918 to study medicine at Smith College.

When Mitchell's mother died in 1919 she returned
home to keep house for her father and brother.
In 1922 she started her career as a journalist under the name
Peggy Mitchell, writing for the Atlanta Journal.
Four years lated she resigned after an ankle injury.
Her husband, John Robert Marsh, an advertising manager,
encouraged Mitchell in her writing aspirations.
From 1926 to 1929 she wrote Gone With the Wind,
dressing in boys' trousers while writing and combining
stories of Civil War which
she was told many Civil War stories from
older relatives and friends of the family when she was younger.

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell
died after being hit by a car on
Peachtree Street on August 16, 1949.

About her home:

The Margaret Mitchell house is actually a house
which was divided into apartments many years ago.
Margaret Mitchell and her husband lived
in one of the apartments. It was there
that she wrote "Gone with the Wind".

Comments About the Movie:
From: Peggy Marsh ... Margaret Mitchell
after the viewing of "Gone With The Wind" ...

"It was an experience," she finally said in a trembling voice.
"And I'm so glad you liked my Scarlett."
She finished by thanking Mr. Selznick and all the film
people for "doing such a fine job of bringing my book to life."

For More Information on The Margaret Mitchell House

Note: This depiction is placed on this website in re to the Margaret Mitchell
House - Historical Valuations .... for anyone researching their
ancestors that may have been part of the Mitchell, Marsh familes.


 The Loew's Grand

-- The Premier
of "Gone With The Wind" was held at this
spot. --


Sunset Designs for the Scarlett & Rhett Background for this Page.


Photos Courtesy of "the Margaret Mitchell Fan Club"
Especially to Betty who went to the trouble of emailing them.

Edwards, Anne. Road to Tara - The Life of Margaret Mitchell.
New Haven and New York: Ticknor and Fields, 1983.

(c) 1999