Vintage Classics first publication of Mitchell's beloved American epic, full of action, drama and memorable characters
'My dear, I don't give a damn.'
Margaret Mitchell’s page-turning, sweeping American epic has been a classic for over eighty years. Beloved and thought by many to be the greatest of the American novels, Gone with the Wind is a story of love, hope and loss set against the tense historical background of the American Civil War.
The lovers at the novel’s centre – the selfish, privileged Scarlett O’Hara and rakish Rhett Butler – are magnetic: pulling readers into the tangled narrative of a struggle to survive that cannot be forgotten.
WINNER OF NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AND PULITZER PRIZE
'For sheer readability I can think of nothing it must give way before' The New Yorker
'What makes some people come through catastrophes and others, apparently just as able, strong, and brave, go under?’ Margaret Mitchell
“This is beyond a doubt one of the most remarkable first novels produced by an American writer. It is also one of the best. I would go so far as to say that it is, in narrative power . . . surpassed by nothing in American fiction.”
The New York Times
“For sheer readability I can think of nothing it must give way before”
The New Yorker
“Gone With The Wind is a rich, complicated book . . . we can and should argue about a story that’s achieved such a hold on the American imagination”
The Washington Post
“Mitchell carefully analyses the nature of human resilience, and holds up hopefulness as the critical tool for getting through the worst times… most of all, in the[se] bleak days . . . it is Scarlett’s belief that tomorrow will be better that feels endlessly and gleefully hopeful. After all, as she knows so well: “Tomorrow is another day.””
“If Gone with the Wind has a theme it is that of survival. What makes some people come through catastrophes and others, apparently just as able, strong, and brave, go under? It happens in every upheaval. Some people survive; others don't. What qualities are in those who fight their way through triumphantly that are lacking in those that go under? I only know that survivors used to call that quality 'gumption.' So I wrote about people who had gumption and people who didn't”