The Lost Chapters of ‘Gone With the Wind’ on Display Now at the Atlanta History Center, Through September 5, 2011
All summer long, Atlanta will be celebrating a very special anniversary: the 75th anniversary of the publication of Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone With the Wind. And just in time for this very special celebration, the Atlanta History Center is welcoming home a piece of that legendary book.
In a new exhibit, on display until September 5, 2011, Atlanta History Center presents Atlanta’s Book: The Lost Gone With the Wind Manuscript. The exhibit includes numerous letters of correspondence and writings of Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, as well as foreign and first-edition copies of the novel, and fascinating one-of-a-kind photographs and memorabilia. But this is not just another Gone With the Wind exhibit. The pièce de résistance is the final four chapters of Gone With the Wind, previously thought to be lost, complete with Mitchell’s handwritten edits. Recently discovered in a library in Connecticut, these chapters – the final pages of which include the enigmatic “My dear, I don’t give a damn” and “Tomorrow is another day” lines – are part of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit at the Atlanta History Center.
What makes this exhibit even more incredible is the fact that Mitchell ordered all of her writings and papers to be destroyed upon her death, as seen in the codicil to her late husband’s will, which is also on display. That these final chapters survived and are in such pristine condition makes this an exhibit of unprecedented magnitude and an exciting find for fans of the novel and the movie, alike! Atlanta’s Book: The Lost Gone With the Wind Manuscript includes individual sheets of chapter sixty-three, the final chapter, which visitors can view and read, and some of the pages feature handwritten notes and changes by Margaret Mitchell herself and by her husband, John Marsh. The exhibit will also include the desk on which Margaret Mitchell wrote her novel.
This special exhibit is included in regular admission to the Atlanta History Center and is free for members. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Atlanta History Center website or calling 404-814-4000. Part of the city-wide celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the publication of Gone With the Wind, this is one exhibit that fans will not want to miss!
For a sneak peek of what you’ll see in the exhibit, watch our short video (but believe me, it’s much better in person!):
WHERE: Atlanta’s Book: The Lost Gone With the Wind Manuscript at the Atlanta History Center – 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305