MITCHELL (MARGARET) Typed letter signed ("Margaret Mitchell Marsh"), to Miss Black, telling her that "I have just received your letter of January 6th, in which you wrote of re-reading 'Gone With the Wind' in bomb shelters during raids" and thanking her "for realizing how much your letter would mean to me", Atlanta, Georgia, 3 February 1941

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MITCHELL (MARGARET)
Typed letter signed ("Margaret Mitchell Marsh"), to Miss Black, telling her that "I have just received your letter of January 6th, in which you wrote of re-reading 'Gone With the Wind' in bomb shelters during raids" and thanking her "for realizing how much your letter would mean to me", Atlanta, Georgia, 3 February 1941

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MITCHELL (MARGARET)
Typed letter signed ("Margaret Mitchell Marsh"), to Miss Black, telling her that "I have just received your letter of January 6th, in which you wrote of re-reading 'Gone With the Wind' in bomb shelters during raids" and thanking her "for realizing how much your letter would mean to me" and writing "at a period in your life when you must have many more serious and important things to do"; assuring her that "Your letter meant a great deal to me as the author of 'Gone With the Wind' but even more to me as Margaret Mitchell Marsh, a woman" as she is glad that "something I wrote had diverted and interested an Englishwoman through a dreadful period"; explaining that she is currently working at the Red Cross making garments for women and children, pajamas for the wounded and surgical dressings, all of which go to England; and concluding: "So you can understand that I, like thousands of other Americans, have England constantly in mind. I will take your letter to the Red Cross and read it to my fellow-workers. I hope you do not object. Your words will not only interest them but make them realize afresh the courage of English people", 1 page, printed heading 'Margaret Mitchell', upper part pasted into a well-read reprint of the Macmillan London edition, bearing the ownership inscription of Dorothy Black, some staining from glue and otherwise, but otherwise in sound condition (seemingly amenable to conservation), 4to, Atlanta, Georgia, 3 February 1941

Footnotes

  • 'YOUR LETTER MEANT A GREAT DEAL TO ME AS THE AUTHOR OF "GONE WITH THE WIND" BUT EVEN MORE TO ME AS MARGARET MITCHELL MARSH, A WOMAN': a heart-felt tribute to an Englishwoman reading Gone With the Wind during the Blitz. Deluged by fan mail right from the book's publication in 1936, Margaret Mitchell felt she was unable to 'autograph books for anyone, even my close friends and relatives' (letter to an unidentified correspondent, 25 January 1937, quoted in ABPC). By contrast, the fan letter she received from a woman during the Blitz clearly meant a great deal to her, as the exceptionally moving reply we have here makes plain: it is hard to think of a more telling interaction between the author of Gone With the Wind and her readership.

    The recipient of the letter is the South-African born actress Dorothy Black (1899-1985), who had appeared in films such as Hitchcock's Outward Bound of 1928 and on the London stage in plays such as Philpott's Blue Comet of 1927 (see the photograph of her with her co-star Paul Cavanagh on the V & A website). The University of Georgia library holds two letters from Black from her correspondence with Margaret Mitchell (GUA 905), the first dated 6 January 1941, which precipitated Mitchell's reply, the other dated 23 August 1942 in which she tells her that "your letter is pasted into I what I call my "blitz copy" of Gone with the Wind, to be handed down to future generations".
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