Margaret Mitchell /

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Main Author: Hanson, Elizabeth I.
Format: Book
Published:Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1990.
Series:Twayne's United States authors series. TUSAS 566
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Perhaps because Margaret Mitchell wrote only one work, this "TUSAS" study of Mitchell has far more biography in it and far less criticism than typical volumes of this series. Hanson (Temple University) devotes a chapter each to Mitchell's childhood and family background, her young adulthood and disastrous first marriage, her happy second marriage and entry into a journalistic career, her creation of Gone with the Wind, her work's relationship to Southern literary modernism (represented by Faulkner, Tate, and Welty), and her reaction to the making of Selznick's movie version. The biographical discussions are generally sympathetic while still making a strong case that Mitchell's well-known self-effacement and modesty were offset by a Scarlett O'Hara-like penchant for self-promotion. The critical discussions, while appreciative of Mitchell's achievement of "women-centered fiction," treat GWTW, perhaps properly, as more a popular culture phenomenon than a literary text. The bibliography (usually a "TUSAS" strongpoint) is highly selective and includes none of the spate of works marking the 1989 golden anniversary of the GWTW film. -A. J. Griffith, Our Lady of the Lake University

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