'Gone With the Wind': New books mark film's upcoming 75th anniversary

Clark Gable is Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh

Clark Gable is Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh is Scarlett O'Hara in the classic motion picture "Gone With The Wind" (1939) directed by Victor Fleming. (Credit: Turner Entertainment Company)

Scarlett fever is about to sweep the country. December is the 75th anniversary of the release of the Oscar-winning classic "Gone With the Wind," and already publishers are gearing up with books to mark the occasion.

In June, Taylor Trade Publishing released "The Complete Gone With the Wind Trivia Book," a hodgepodge of quizzes, cast bios, back stories, even tales of the fates of the film's Academy Awards (Michael Jackson nabbed producer David O. Selznick's Oscar for $1,542,500 at a 1999 auction). Last month, Taylor Trade also reissued "Road to Tara," Anne Edwards' 1983 bio of Margaret Mitchell.

September will see the arrival of "The Making of Gone With the Wind" by Steve Wilson and Robert Osborne (University of Texas Press), a companion book to the Austin university's exhibit, which opens Sept. 9, of more than 300 items from the movie.

Finally, October will have Georgia on its mind with the release of these two books: Taylor Trade's "The Scarlett Letters," a collection of Mitchell's letters that shed light on the making of the film, and Donald McCaig's "Ruth's Journey" (Atria), a prequel that purports to tell how Mammy made the trek from Haiti to Tara. Well, fiddle-dee-dee.

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