Jennifer W. Dickey

:Wednesday, April 23rd:

7:15p.m., Decatur Library Auditorium

More than seventy-five years after its publication, Gone with the Wind remains thoroughly embedded in American culture. Margaret Mitchell’s novel, and subsequent film, has melded with the broader forces of southern history, southern mythology, and marketing, to become a cultural phenomenon. Taking the title from a phrase coined by journalist Boyd Lewis in 1996 to describe the Margaret Mitchell home after it was spared from destruction by fire, A Tough Little Patch of History explores how Gone with the Wind has remained an important component of public memory; how the book and film threw a spotlight on Atlanta; and how the tiny apartment in midtown Atlanta where Margaret Mitchell wrote the book became a symbol for all that was right and wrong with Mitchell’s writing.

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