It’s one of the most famous fictional love stories of the twentieth century. When Rhett Butler turned to Scarlett O’Hara in the film Gone With The Wind and said “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” women everywhere swooned. But in the spirit of love conquering all, it was left to Scarlett to declare “tomorrow is another day.” Together, they are two of the most memorable movie quotes of all time.
But did you know that the famous romance was based on a book published in 1936? Or that its author, Margaret Mitchell, lived the life of a Southern belle, just like Scarlett, in the city of Atlanta in the US state of Georgia?
The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and you can still see the very house where Margaret lived and wrote the book, in modern downtown Atlanta. It’s easy to imagine how Margaret was inspired by the romantic legacy of this historic American city, as well as by her immediate surroundings. Listed in the American National Register of Historic Places, the Margaret Mitchell House, where she owned an apartment, is an early 20th century, three-story, Tudor Revival building that looks incongruous compared to its very modern neighbours on Atlanta’s busy Peachtree Street.
The pull of this romantic novel and the position of Atlanta as one of America’s more historically-rich cities, may be enough of a draw for you to honeymoon here, but there’s much more to the state capital than a dusty old novel alone. Atlanta played an important part in both the Civil War and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and it’s full of interesting sightseeing opportunities, such as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and eternal flame.
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