Margaret Mitchell, Reporter

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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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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."

From the Author:

It was a pleasure to edit this collection of Mitchell's journalism and to publish this exciting book in celebration of the centennial anniversary of Mitchell's birth. I hope it will lead to a more complete understanding of Mitchell's talents and literary aims.--Patrick Allen, editor

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