aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Would a Pansy still smell as sweet?

On June 30, 1936, Gone with the Wind was published. Did you know the publisher changed both the title and the main character’s name? They asked Mitchell to change the original title "Tomorrow Is Another Day" because at the time there were already thirteen books in print with the word "Tomorrow" in the title. They also asked her to change the main character's name from Pansy to Scarlett.

Gone with the Wind sold 50,000 copies sold in one day, a million copies six months, and two million by the end of the year. This during the Depression! The year it came out, employees at the Macmillan publishing company received Christmas bonuses for the first time in nearly a decade.

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