RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 44391489 LA English T1 Margaret Mitchell : reporter A1 Mitchell, Margaret,, Allen, Patrick,, PB Hill Street Press PP Athens, Ga. YR 2000 SN 1892514869 9781892514868 AB The sixty-four columns in Margaret Mitchell: Reporter present a vivid portrait of a lively, far-ranging mind and an insightful observer well on the way to her full literary prowess long before the world even knew her name. 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 favorites, those of which she was most proud. The tendency to draw parallels between the personae of the real-life Mitchell and her most famous fictional heroine are irresistible. Likewise, in this collection there are new and poignant insights into Mitchell's own sensibilities, passions, and opinions. Her portraits and personality sketches, in particular, 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 bestselling novel in history. Even as a putatively reporter, the irrepressible personality of the observer shines through and, taken as a whole, this collection of Mitchell's journalism transcends the simple fact gathering of the reporter's trade to give a portrait of the artist as a young woman and a compelling snapshot at life in the Jazz Age South. --From dust jacket.