Lot #414
Margaret Mitchell

Mitchell explains how she indicates "shift of scene" or "passage of time" in Gone With the Wind
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Estimate: $1000+


Mitchell explains how she indicates "shift of scene" or "passage of time" in Gone With the Wind

TLS signed “Margaret Mitchell Marsh,” one page, 7.25 x 9.25, personal letterhead, May 2, 1945. Letter to Mr. Hardison, in full: "I thank you for your letter and the interest in 'Gone With the Wind' which prompted you to write me. I appreciated all the nice things you wrote me about my book. As to your question about the meaning of the five asterisks at the bottom of page 1035—they have no meaning at all. They were put there because the type ran to the bottom of the page and there was no way to indicate by a three-line space the passage of time or the change of pace. In a great many places in 'Gone With the Wind you will see three-line blanks. These are used instead of chapter headings or sub-headings to indicate shift of scene, passage of time, et cetera. There was no way to indicate this on page 1035, as it was at the bottom of the page, and so asterisks were used." In fine condition, with light show-through at the corners from small mounting remnants on the reverse. Accompanied by two modern glossy photos of Mitchell, and a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #574 - Ended January 08, 2020

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