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Scarlet O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.
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When Scarlet was a year old, and more healthy and vigorous than a baby girl had any right to be in Mammy’s opinion, Ellen’s second child named Susan Elinor, but always called Suellen was born, and in due time came Carreen, listed in the family Bible as Caroline Irene.
The Book:Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Published by Scribner on July 10th 2007
Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman's March to the Sea. A historical novel, the story is a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, with the title taken from a poem written by Ernest Dowson.
Gone with the Wind was popular with American readers from the onset and was the top American fiction bestseller in the year it was published and in 1937. As of 2014, a Harris poll found it to be the second favorite book of American readers, just behind the Bible. More than 30 million copies have been printed worldwide.