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    Signed by Margaret Mitchell on a Tipped-In Leaf

    Margaret Mitchell. Gone With the Wind. New York: Macmillan Company, 1936.

    First edition, first issue (May 1936). Signed by Margaret Mitchell on a tipped-in leaf at the front. Octavo. 1037 pages.

    Rebound in custom gray full leatherette binding with gold stamping on the spine and front. New endpapers. Light spotting and soiling to edges and some pages. There are three small punctures above and to the right of Mitchell's signature that affect the first twenty leaves. Page 25 is missing a two-inch by three-inch section of the lower portion of the page, resulting in some loss of text. Minor abrasions and discoloration to the upper and lower page edges. Overall, an about very good copy.

    By the end of 1936, over a million copies of Gone With the Wind had sold, and Margaret Mitchell's life had been turned upside down - only a couple of weeks after publication of the book she wrote her publisher that "life has been so much like a nightmare." There were incessant and relentless demands on her time, and she was shocked by the lack of civility demonstrated by members of the press and by many of her fans who showed up at her home uninvited, who phoned her night and day, and who followed her all over Atlanta demanding attention and autographs (she was followed into department store dressing rooms and even to family funerals!). By the end of the year she was unable to handle the crush of autograph-seekers, and she politely refused to sign any more copies of the book after December of 1936. Mitchell was overwhelmed, and in August of 1936, her husband, John Marsh, sent a telegram to Time magazine stating "Mrs. Marsh sick in bed as result of strain of becoming famous too suddenly."

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