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Scarlett's Women: 'Gone With the Wind' and its Female Fans

Helen Taylor

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Films, cinema, Prose: non-fiction, Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Social & cultural history

To commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the film adaptation of Gone with the Wind, Helen Taylor revisits Scarlett O'Hara's masterpiece with a new introduction to her acclaimed 1987 study of the book, the film and the cultural phenomenon.

One of the most successful books ever published and the basis of one of the most popular and highly praised Hollywood films of all time, Gone with the Wind has entered world culture in a way that few other stories have.

Seventy-five years on from the cinematic release of Gone with the Wind, Helen Taylor looks at the reasons why the book and film have had such an appeal, especially for women.

Drawing on letters and questionnaires from female fans, she brings together material from southern history, literature, film and feminist theory and discusses the themes of the Civil War and issues of race. She has previously written Gender, Race and Region in the writings of Grace King, Ruth McEnery Stuart and Kate Chopin and The Daphne Du Maurier Companion.

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