Not GWTW, but, for those who are hungry for any further insight into Margaret Mitchell, this is a sample of some of her early writing.
The world only saw one book by Margaret Mitchell published in her lifetime, the incomparable, Gone With the Wind. Upon her death in 1949, her personal papers, almost all her other writing, and even the original transcript of Gone With the Wind were destroyed. Now sixty years later, the impossible has happened: The world has another story from Margaret Mitchell. She gave the story, handwritten in two lined notebooks, to a young suitor.
I found this book to be written very nicely & I enjoyed the read a lot.
An almost lost, nearly forgotten novella, it has parallels in characters and plot that are precursors to her triumphant Gone With the Wind. Laysen is a tropical isle that, like Vulcans Peak in Coopers The Crater, disappears in a volcanic eruption. There are the love triangle and the arch-villain, all neatly compressed in a little tale that somewhat reminds me of Somerset Maughams South Pacific stories.
Abridged/1 Cassette/Approx 1.5 hours.
Until recently, the odd thought Margaret Mitchell had only one story to tell: Gone With the Wind. Now meet a heroine to match Scarlett: Courtenay Ross, a feisty, independent-minded woman, and the two men -- one a cool-headed, well-heeled gentleman, the other a hot-blooded, pugnacious sailor -- who adore her. A tale of yearning, valor, and devotion, Lost Laysen enthralls from its delightful beginning to its unforgettable end.
Equally intriguing is the story behind the story -- the real-life romance that inspired Mitchell: how she gave the original manuscript as a gift to her beau. Henry Love Angel, and how the manuscript, along with Mitchell's intimate letters and treasured photographs, were lovingly safeguarded only to be discovered decades later in a shoebox!
Lost Laysen is pure magic, a gift for us to cherish from America's most beloved storyteller.
This is the life of Margaret Mitchell. Very interesting and a great read.
Short and sweet. Too bad it's the only other book that we have of Margaret Mitchell's.