Реферат: Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell
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MARGARET MUNNERLYN MITCHELL was born in November8,1900, Atlanta .She died inAug. 16, 1949.Atlanta in full MARGARET MUNNERLYN MITCHELLAmerican author of the enormously popular novel Gone with the Wind.Mitchellattended Washington Seminary in her native Atlanta, Georgia, before enrollingat Smith College in 1918. When her mother died the next year, she returnedhome. Between 1922 and 1926 she was a writer and reporter for the Atlanta Journal.After an ankle injury in 1926 she left the paper and, for the next 10 years,worked slowly on a romantic novel about the Civil War and Reconstruction asseen from a Southern point of view. The novel featured Scarlett O'Hara, a strong-willed coquette and jezebel. From herfamily Mitchell had absorbed the history of the South, the tragedy of the war,and the romance of the Lost Cause. She worked at her novel sporadically,composing episodes out of sequence and later fitting them together. She apparentlyhad little thought of publication at first, and for six years after it wassubstantially finished the novel lay unread. But in 1935 Mitchell was persuadedto submit her manuscript for publication.It appeared in 1936 as Gone with theWind (quoting a line from the poem «Cynara» by Ernest Dowson). Withinsix months 1,000,000 copies had been sold; 50,000 copies were sold in one day.It went on to sell more copies than any other novel in U.S. publishing history,with sales passing 12 million by 1965, and was eventually translated into 25languages and sold in 40 countries. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1937.The motion-picture rights were sold for $50,000. The film, starring VivienLeigh and Clark Gable and produced by David O. Selznick, premiered in Atlantain December 1939 after an unprecedented period of advance promotion, includingthe highly publicized search for an actress to play Scarlett. It won nine majorOscars and two special Oscars at the Academy Awards and for two decades reignedas the top moneymaking film of all time. Mitchell, who never adjusted to thecelebrity that had befallen her and who never attempted another book, diedafter an automobile accident in 1949. Four decades after Mitchell'sdeath, her estate permitted the writing of a sequel by Alexandra Ripley,Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's«Gone with the Wind» (1991), which was generally unfavourablyappraised by critics.