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Margaret Mitchell : reporter
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949.
Publication Information:
Athens, Ga. : Hill Street Press, [2000]

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xx, 330 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Columns written for the Atlanta journal Sunday magazine from 1922 to 1926.
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PS3525.I972 A6 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Contains a selection of Mitchell's own favorite journalistic writing, printed during her four and a half years at the Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine prior to writing Gone With the Wind. Her work includes some 200 articles, interviews, sketches, and book reviews covering topics ranging from fashion to fascism, all in a witty, rather liberated (for the 1920s) style. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

Author Notes

Margaret Mitchell, 1900 - 1949 Novelist Margaret Mitchell was born November 8, 1900 in Atlanta, Georgia to Eugene Muse Mitchell, a prominent attorney, and Maybelle Stephens Mitchell, a suffragette. She attended Smith College from 1918-1919 to study psychiatry, but she had to return to Atlanta when her mother died during the great flu epidemic of 1918. In 1922, she married Red Upshaw but left him three months later and had the marriage annulled. In 1925, she married John Marsh, the best man at her first wedding. He died in 1952.

Mitchell joined the prestigious Debutante Club, but her public drinking, smoking and her performance of an Apache dance in a sensual costume, ended that for her. She was refused membership to the Atlanta Junior League. She began her writing career as a feature writer for the Atlanta Journal. She authored a freelance column for the paper called Elizabeth Bennett's Gossip.

Mitchell is the author of the best selling novel of all time, "Gone with the Wind" (1936). In 1939, the film version was a smash hit and it received ten Academy Awards. Scarlett's original name was Pansy, which was also the book's working title, but editors insisted that it would be changed because of its use in the North to refer to homosexuals. Other early titles of the book were "Tote the Weary Load" and "Tomorrow Is Another Day." It is believed that the character Rhett Butler was inspired by her first husband Red Upshaw, and the character Ashley Wilkes was inspired by her first fiance, the attractive and idealistic Lieutenant Clifford Henry. Henry was killed in France during World War I and Mitchell declared him as the one great love of her life.

On August 16, 1949, Margaret Mitchell died of injuries she received when she was hit by an intoxicated cabdriver while crossing Peachtree Street in Atlanta. She was mourned by so many that tickets had to be distributed for the funeral. Published posthumously was "Lost Laysen" (1996), which was a novella Mitchell wrote in 1915, at the age of fifteen, as a gift for her boyfriend.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Allen offers a collection of writing by one of America's most famous authors before she wrote Gone with the Wind, when she made a modest living for four years as a reporter with the Atlanta Journal. Allen recounts the editor's reluctance to hire Mitchell, a society debutante with no reporting experience. Mitchell overcame his skepticism and went on to write features, news stories, and book reviews, as well as the fashion and society news she'd been hired to write. The collection provides a glimpse of the sensibilities of comfortable white Southern society during the period. Mitchell chronicles cultural changes from hemlines to popular music and slang. Her reporting style was breezy and engaging, but she had an eye for real news as well. A story about a wealthy fashionable woman's recent return from a European vacation included an eyewitness account of Mussolini seizing control of Italy. Then, too, this collection offers some insights into Mitchell's development as a writer and a look at the cultural context in which she lived before writing her historic novel. --Vanessa Bush

Library Journal Review

The centenary of Mitchell's birth (2000) yields another cache of her heretofore uncollected writings (after Before Scarlett: Girlhood Writings of Margaret Mitchell, edited by Jane Eskridge, LJ 6/15/00). This collection of approximately 70 journalism pieces (interviews, feature stories, news stories, and reviews) published in the Atlantic Journal Sunday Magazine and Atlantic Journal from 1922 to 1926 helps unveil the personality and background of the novelist. Exceeding the employers' expectations of a society woman and woman cub reporter, Mitchell worked long hours, took on any reporting job, and "wrote like a man." She wrote on the hot topics of the day (bobbed hairstyles, short skirts, women working before marriage, husbands' attitudes about women's suffrage, flappers, and sheiks) and interviewed such personalities as Rudolph Valentino, the inmates in Atlanta's federal prison, and Rebecca Latimer Felton, the first female U.S. senator. This contribution to the literature on Mitchell is recommended for academic and large public libraries.DJeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Aldous Huxley (review)Robert Keable (review)William Faulkner (review)
Introductionp. ix
Chronologyp. xix
Chapter 1 Mode and Mannersp. 1
Atlanta Girl Sees Italian Revolutionp. 3
Dancers Now Drown Out Even the Cowbellp. 6
Spring Styles in Slang Reach Atlantap. 9
Who Owns the School Girl's Nose?p. 12
Pep, Brains, and Clothes Win Beauty Contestsp. 17
What Keeps Women Young Nowp. 20
Boyish Bob Brings Back the Corsetp. 25
The Cat No Longer Has Pajamasp. 31
Gum Chewed at Both Weddings and Funeralsp. 35
What Makes the Pretty Girl Prettyp. 40
All Dolled Up Like French Pastryp. 45
Chapter 2 The Debutante and the "New Woman"p. 51
Society Girls Take Up Businessp. 53
Do Husbands Object to Their Wives Voting?p. 58
How It All Comes Out in the Washp. 62
Jobs Before Marriage for High School Girlsp. 67
Pulling Teeth in a Haremp. 73
Chapter 3 In and Out of Wedlockp. 79
"No Dumbbells Wanted," Say Atlanta Debsp. 81
Just Like a Woman; Ditto for Menp. 85
Football Players Make the Best Husbandsp. 89
Divorces for Canariesp. 92
Wives Wanted By World's Greatest Freaksp. 96
Do Working Girls Make the Best Wives?p. 101
College Girls Tell How Men Should Proposep. 106
Georgia Bids Good-bye to Elopementsp. 111
Marriage Licences that Are Never Usedp. 114
Shot Three Times and Missed Him--Divorcedp. 120
Chapter 4 Personality Sketchesp. 127
Plant Wizard Does Miracles Herep. 129
Maxim Tells of Perfume, War, and Poetryp. 134
Heroine of Siege of Urfa Is in Atlantap. 140
Bridesmaid of Eighty-Seven Recalls Mittie Roosevelt's Weddingp. 144
Valentino Declares He Isn't a Sheikp. 152
Former Policewoman, Held in Shooting, Needs the Help She Gave to So Many Girlsp. 155
Two New York Girls Out-Walk Deathp. 157
Novelist Loved Atlanta Girl's Picturep. 163
Fulton County's First Woman Treasurerp. 168
Grandma Veal Speaks Her Mind on Her 102nd Birthdayp. 172
647-Pound Girl Deplores Short Skirtsp. 179
Harry Thaw Sees Atlanta's Battlefieldsp. 185
Atlanta Doctor at O. Henry's Deathbedp. 191
Chapter 5 Flappers and Sheiksp. 197
Laundry List Sung by Atlanta Sub-Debp. 199
Atlanta Sub-Debs Pass Up Tutankhamenp. 205
Tech Boys Tell Why Girls Are Rushedp. 210
Road Show Girls Record Dressersp. 215
Only One Atlanta Girl Likes Whiskersp. 220
What It Costs to Rush a Girlp. 224
Chapter 6 About Atlanta and Georgiap. 229
Springp. 231
Hanging Over Atlanta in Borglum's Swingp. 234
Georgia's Empress and Women Soldiersp. 238
Camp Meeting at Mount Gileadp. 246
Crooks, Debs, and Financiers Seek and Read Futurep. 251
Atlanta's Favorite Limericksp. 255
General John Brown Gordon (Georgia Generals, Part I)p. 258
When General Cobb Wrote the Georgia Code (Georgia Generals, Part II)p. 266
General Wright, Georgia's Hero at Gettysburg (Georgia General, Part III)p. 272
General Benning, Hero of "Burnside's Bridge" (Georgia Generals, Part IV)p. 281
Chapter 7 Bunko Gangs and Rum Runnersp. 287
Gay Flowers Made In DeKalb Prisonp. 289
Lifer Back in Jail Because He Told Truthp. 291
Why More Boys and Girls Go Insane Nowp. 295
Federal Prisoner Finds Con Man King of Crooksp. 302
Gallows Room at Tower Used as Pantryp. 308
"Honest Man" Wakes to Find Himself a Crookp. 314
Chapter 8 "News of Books and Writers"p. 321
These Barren Leavesp. 323
Numerous Treasurep. 324
Soldiers' Payp. 325
Former Atlanta Woman Writes Novelp. 326
Acknowledgmentsp. 329