“Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful it's no worse than it is.” — Margaret Mitchell, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of “Gone with the Wind” —
The film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Gone With The Wind” premiered in Atlanta, Georgia 80 years ago today. After accumulating more than $390 million worldwide, the blockbuster smash hit became the highest-grossing movie of all time, holding that record for over a quarter of a century. Despite there being dozens of billion-dollar blockbusters nowadays, Victor Fleming’s Civil War-era epic is still the highest-grossing film of all time when box office receipts are adjusted for inflation, having sold more than 200,000 individual tickets. In 1989, the United States Library of Congress selected Fleming’s Oscar-winning production for preservation in the National Film Registry. In addition to taking home the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, “Gone With The Wind” won the National Book Award for Most Distinguished Novel — two major accomplishments considering the novel is Mitchell’s only published work.