On this day in 1936, according to The Writers Almanac, Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone With The Wind was published for the very first time. Apparently she wrote it in a tiny, cramped, trashy, stinky apartment while she was bedridden from repeated self-injury (check the facts elsewhere).
I’ve never actually read the book but thanks to David O. Selznick, I got the gist of it: civil war, ripped bodices, bloody soldiers, home-birthing of babies, tara.
The last remaining location from Gone With the Wind (the film) is in North Little Rock but we didn’t have time to see it on this trip.
You can also check out Mitchell’s stinky tiny apartment in Atlanta at The Margaret Mitchell House – it’s being re-opened to the public this holiday weekend. No mention of fireworks on the website.