By Jennifer W. Dickey
More than seventy-five years after its book, Gone with the Wind is still completely embedded in American tradition. Margaret Mitchell’s novel and the movie produced via David O. Selznick have melded with the wider forces of southern heritage, southern mythology, and advertising to turn into, and stay, a cultural phenomenon.
A tricky Little Patch of History (the word used to be coined by means of a journalist in 1996 to explain the Margaret Mitchell domestic after it used to be spared from destruction by means of hearth) explores how Gone with the Wind has remained a big portion of public reminiscence in Atlanta via an research of museums and old websites that concentrate on this recognized paintings of fiction. Jennifer W. Dickey explores how the ebook and picture threw a focus on Atlanta, which chanced on itself concurrently awarded as a logo of either the previous South and the recent South. Exhibitions produced via the Atlanta background heart relating to Gone with the Wind are explored, in addition to within sight Clayton County’s declare to reputation as “the domestic of Gone with the Wind,” a moniker bestowed at the county by means of Margaret Mitchell’s property in 1969. There’s a recounting of the saga of “the Dump,” the tiny residence in midtown Atlanta the place Margaret Mitchell wrote the publication, and the way this position turned an emblem for all that was once correct and all that was once improper with Mitchell’s writing.
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A Tough Little Patch of History: Gone with the Wind and the Politics of Memory by Jennifer W. Dickey