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Subject: Re: A Bitter Pill
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Fri, 2 Dec 2016 22:42:24 -0500

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David Shengold wrote:

"And I'm sorry-- anyone who could rank a worthless (and in fact 
pernicious) hack like Margaret Mitchell alongside writers of genius like 
Dickinson, Austen and Woolf must perforce stop touting their superior 
sensibilities and discernment forthwith."

Margaret Mitchell was not a writer on par with those other ladies (is one 
permitted to use that *mot de politesse* these days?).  But she was hardly 
a "worthless hack."  "Gone With the Wind" is a fine book, very well-written 
with vivid characters, superb story-telling, and a skillful interweaving of 
history (questionable in some respects but accurate in its accounts of 
battles) with fiction.  It won the Pulitzer Prize for literature and it remains 
one of the most popular of all American works of fiction.  

That such a fine book was a first effort (apart from an unpublished novella) 
by an amateur with little previous writing experience is really 
extraordinary.  GWTW is one of the great American novels.


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