Eskridge and Wailes Thomas made a literary discovery while going through
boxes Thomas inherited from his mother's home in Atlanta.
They found two hundred pages of short stories, fairy tales, journal
entries, essays, and a one-act play penned by the young Margaret Mitchell.
edited the collection into Before Scarlett: Girlhood Writings of
The collection makes it clear that writing was a lifelong activity
of Mitchell, and that she was capable of producing more than the one
published book that bore her name.
The writing also give insight into the background that lead to the
creation of Gone With the Wind.
a literary historical point the book is valuable as a glimpse into who
Margaret Mitchell was and the influences that directed her writing.
Also, since Mitchell's will requested that all her unpublished
writing to be destroyed, this is a treasure that missed that fate.
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