aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Long thought to have been burned, last four chapters of Gone with the Wind turn up

The last four chapters of Gone with the Wind are on display at a library. An article in the New York Times looks back at the book, how it was written, and what happened to drafts after the author died.

It includes these gems:
- "Until fairly late in the process the heroine was called Pansy, and when Mitchell changed the name to Scarlett, thank goodness, she paid 50 cents an hour to have every page mentioning Pansy retyped."

- She wrote the last chapter first.

- "The finished chapters she put in individual manila envelopes, sometimes with grocery lists scrawled on them, and stored in a closet. Very few people saw them or even knew what she was doing."

Read more right here.

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