What Is Gone With the Wind’s 76-Year Legacy?

A book to celebrate GWTW's 75th Anniversary!

A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary!

I am one of five film experts featured in the roundtable article “The Box-Office Champ: Remembering Gone with the Wind on its 75th Anniversary” by journalist and film historian Michael Coate in his column “History, Legacy & Showmanship” on the website The Digital Bits. The column “focuses on retrospectives and tributes to popular and historically significant films.”

I provided insights about why Gone With the Wind is worthy of celebration on its 75th — now its 76th — anniversary, why Gone With the Wind is cited as the most popular film ever made and what is Gone With the Wind‘s legacy. Following this link to read the article: http://www.thedigitalbits.com/columns/history-legacy–showmanship/remembering-gone-with-the-wind-75th

Background: The second edition of my work The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book was published by Taylor Trade Publishing, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, in honor of the film’s 75th anniversary in 2014.

This major rewrite of my 1989 original trade paperback, which sold more than 50,000 copies, continues the behind-the-scenes chronicle of Gone With the Wind — the book, the movie and the phenomenon that endures today.

I relate in loving detail the inside stories of the writing and publishing of the novel; the Hollywood frenzy of transforming the book into film, including casting headaches, on-set tensions and jinxed scenes; the premiere; and the Academy Awards. The updated edition also contains the scoop on the publication of two Gone With the Wind sequels; the disastrous debut of the Scarlett television miniseries; the post-Gone With the Wind lives of cast members, such as the revelation of Clark Gable’s secret lovechild; the restoration of three original costumes in time for Gone With the Wind‘s 75th anniversary; and much more.

The book’s reader-friendly format — fact-packed features, profiles, quizzes and photographs — will delight any Gone With the Wind fan and make this the one book that no “Windie” can do without.

The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) is available as a $16.95 trade paperback and as a $9.99 eBook. Visit https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781589798205 for further information.

I am an award-winning writer who has been a devoted “Windie” since the age of 16, when I first saw the film with my mother. Since then, I have viewed the movie countless times and have collected an array of Gone With the Wind books and memorabilia. And I will always love Gone With the Wind.

Blog Bio: Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) and an expert on the film and its history. Visit the website (www.paulinebartel.com/resources/books/books-available) for further information. Follow her on Twitter @PaulineBartel and “like” her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheCompleteGWTWTriviaBook).

 

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