Scarlett is the queen of procrastination; torn between the love she thought she wanted and the one she didn’t know she needed, she always puts off her problems for another day.
Just before Gone with the Wind was published in 1935, Mitchell changed the character’s name from Pansey to Scarlett. We are told from the very beginning that Scarlett is not beautiful, but she knows how to make the most of her assets. Scarlett wants to be a proper Southern lady like her mother Ellen, but her selfishness and determination place her outside of Society. As her world is destroyed by the American Civil War, she must grow and change, but she is destined to be blind to her affection for the roguish Rhett Butler until the climax of the story.
The novel was a major hit in the 1930s and spawned speculation and controversy when the film production was announced. Like many movie adaptations today, everyone had ideas about who should play Scarlett and Rhett and railed against Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable's casting. No one thought that an English lady could play a convincing Southern belle, but the film and her portrayal became iconic.
Here are a few titles you might find on Scarlett’s bookshelf at Tara.
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