Margaret Mitchell was a journalist and author who was a native of America. She is best known as the author of the bestselling 1936 novel ‘Gone With the Wind’. It was the only novel written by Mitchell to be published during her lifetime. In 1939 the novel was adapted into a film of the same name. The film won ten Academy Awards
Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 8th 1900. She was of Irish and Scottish ancestry. Following her education she began working as a journalist with the Atlanta Journal Sunday magazine in 1922. Having suffered an ankle injury in 1926 she quit her job at the magazine. She began writing ‘Gone With the Wind’ whilst recovering from her injury.
‘Gone With the Wind’ made Mitchell an instant celebrity. She was awarded the National Book Award in 1936 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937. The award winning film based on the novel was released in 1939. ‘Gone With the Wind’ has been translated into 27 languages and more than 30 million copies have been sold worldwide.
Margaret Mitchell received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel ‘Gone With the Wind’ in the year 1937 On This Day.