Nov 08, 2018 - Sale 2492

Sale 2492 - Lot 340

Price Realized: $ 5,980
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 2,000
"A WOMAN WHO WILL NOT FIGHT FOR THE THINGS SHE LOVES DOESN'T DESERVE . . . LOVE" MARGARET MITCHELL. Typed Letter Signed, to "Dear Mrs. [Edna] LeRoy," expressing delight at her letter in which she asks questions and makes statements as if the characters of Gone With the Wind were actual persons. 1 page, 4to; horizontal folds. Atlanta, 19 August 1936

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"I have received many letters since 'Gone With the Wind' was published but I can recall few, if any, that I enjoyed as much as yours. . . . Perhaps because your expressions indicated that Scarlett and Rhett were real people to you instead of fictional characters. . . .

"As to the ending of the book and what happened to that bullheaded pair after Rhett walked up the stair that night, I can only say I do not know. To me the story ended there and I never looked any further. As I do not contemplate writing any sequel or if I can help it ever writing anything else again, I do not know what their ultimate fate was.

"Thank you for constituting yourself 'the defense attorney' of Scarlett. . . . I somehow never thought of her as a bad woman. Most women, in her unfortunate situation . . . would have done a number of things that were none too ladylike, for, to me, a woman who will not fight for the things she loves doesn't deserve to have anything to love."

WITH--Two items: A retained draft of Mrs. LeRoy's letter to Mitchell. 1 1/2 pages, 4to, ruled paper. Np, [1936] A copy of Mitchell's Gone With the Wind, with an envelope from Mitchell pasted to the front pastedown. 8vo, publisher's cloth, markedly worn with joints inexpertly reinforced; shaken; lacking dust jacket. New York, 1936.