The 64 columns in Margaret Mitchell, Reporter present a never-before-seen portrait of the lively, far-ranging mind and an insightful observer well on the way to her full literary power long before the world even knew her name. More than a decade before Margaret Mitchell the novelist conceived the immortal fictional world of her now legendary and hotly debated novel, Mitchell the reporter was pounding the real-life streets of her native Atlanta in search of the who, what, when, and where for her popular column in the Atlanta Journal. Defying convention, the recent debutante shook things up as one of the first female columnists for the South's largest newspaper. From 1922 to 1926, Mitchell completed hundreds of articles, profiles, columns, interviews, sketches, and book reviews, the best of which are now compiled for the first time. Mitchell's journalism transcends the simple fact-gathering of a seasoned journalist to provide a compelling snapshot of life in the Jazz Age South.
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More than a decade before Margaret Mitchell the novelist conceived the immortal fictive world of 'Gone With the Wind', Margaret Mitchell the reporter was pounding the real-life streets of her natal Atlanta in search of the who, what, when, and where of her popular columns in the Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine. Defying convention, the recent debutante took the early morning streetcar to the spittoon-filled, hard-swearing offices of her big-city newspaper to 'hunt and peck' on an old Underwood typewriter as one of the first woman columnists at the South's largest newspaper. From 1922 until 1926, Mitchell completed dozens of articles, interviews, sketches, and book reviews, only a handful of which have ever been reprinted. Included here are those pieces singled out by Mitchell as among her favourites, those of which she was most proud.From the Publisher:
The selection of the captivating journalism from the pioneering author of "Gone With the Wind" is published in celebration of Mitchell's 100th birthday. Among the highlights are:
Mitchell's first professional writing assignment--an interview with an Atlanta socialite whose couture-buying trip to Italy was interrupted by the Fascist takeover.
conversations of the flapper-era famous and infamous, including matinee idol Rudolph Valentino, and Harry K. Thaw, convicted murderer of high-society architect Stanford White.
a jailhouse interview with a DeKalb County, Georgia, convict who made articifical flowers from scraps and sold them from his cell to support his family.
the concerns of the Jazz Age beauty: can bobbed-hair girls be good?; will Atlanta women ever go for the knickerbocker?; which college boys have mastered the newest dance steps and slang?
a rollicking account of Georgia debutantes afoot in Eygpt as King Tutankhamen's tomb is explored.
a sketch of a ten-year-old's poignant visit to the governor of Georgia appealing for a pardon for her mother, a "lifer" at the state prison farm.
profiles of prominent Georgia Civil War generals, the research for which, scholars believe, led her to her work on "Gone With the Wind."
chronicles of the youth rebellion of the 1920s which resulted in the advent of "the New Woman."
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Book Description Hill Street Press, 2002. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Nearly a decade and a half before the novelist Margaret Mitchell conceived the immortal fictive world of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell the cub reporter was pounding the real-life streets of her Atlanta hometown in search of the who, what, when, and where for her popular weekly columns in the Atlanta Journal. Showing the pluck that would have made her recently deceased suffragette mother proud -- only two years after women won the vote- and defying convention, Mitchell took on the all-male, spittoon-filled, hard-swearing offices of the big city newspaper to "hunt and peck" out her weekly. From 1922 to 1926, Mitchell completed hundreds of articles, interviews, sketches, and think pieces. Gathered here for the first time are the best of Mitchell's journalism -- colorful portraits that reflect her often off-color social interests. Her portraits and personality sketches show an early promise of her ability to draw the kind of unforgettable characters which have made her Gone With the Wind the most translated and best selling novel in history. As compelling as Scarlett and Rhett, Mitchell gives us vivid images from real life including: -- a portrait of an voodoo conjurer who sold talismans to ward off grave robbers during a rash of Atlanta grave robbings-- conversations of the flapper-era famous and infamous, including matinee idol Rudolph Valentino; Gilda Gray, the "shimmy queen; " Tiger Flowers, first black middleweight boxing champ; and Harry K. Thaw, convicted murderer of high-society architect Stanford White-- a jailhouse interview with a Georgia convict who made artificial flowers from scraps and sold them to support his family-- an introduction to W.H. Felton, theGeorgia-native who was the first female to serve in the U.S. SenateThese portraits, a. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_1892514869
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