Editorial Reviews: Review:
"...Miss Mitchell paints a broad canvas, an an exciting one. And, in spite of its length, the book moves swiftly and smoothly--a three-decker with all sails set. Miss Mitchell has lost neither her characters in her background nor her background in her characters, and her full-blooded story is in the best traditions of the historical novel. It is a good novel rather than a great one....Nevertheless, in 'Gone With the Wind' Miss Mitchell has written a solid and vividly interesting story of war and reconstruction, realistic in detail and told from an original point of view."
Stephen Vincent Benet, Saturday Review, 07/04/1936
"GONE WITH THE WIND is by no means a great novel. But it is a long while since the American reading public has been offered such a bounteous feast of excellent storytelling....[Scarlett] is a memorable figure in American fiction. But she lives in her own right, completely, and will, I suspect, for a long time to come....The remarkable thing about Miss Mitchell's portrait of [Rhett] is that is that she has taken a stock figure of melodrama and romance...and made him credible and alive."
New York Times Book Review, 07/05/1936