So how many times was Gone with the Wind
rejected? According to Margaret Mitchell, it was never
rejected. Here's an excerpt from her June 22, 1936 letter
to a book dealer who had written to say she loved the novel:
I wrote the book between 1926 and 1929 and never even tried to sell it. I never dreamed it would sell so I never had it neatly typed and submitted for rejection slips. Then when Mr. Latham of the Macmillan Company was in Atlanta last year, he dug out the very dirty and messy copy and bought it and my surprise was considerable. I thought, because of the purely Southern scene, character, handling, psychology that the book would have an appeal, if any, only in the South.
Scratch one myth.
Gone with the Wind
was a great book, but Margaret Mitchell didn't appear to know that. If Mr. Latham hadn't gone south to hunt for buried treasure, things might have ended quite differently.
I was charmed by what the newly-published Mitchell wrote near the end of her letter:
I never before realized what a gracious courtesy it is to write to an author. This is my first book and I never before realized how you send out a book and never know whether people like it or utterly detest it unless they write you about it. And so I must thank you again for your courtesy and for the happiness it has given me.http://brendacoulter.blogspot.co.uk/...with-wind.html