Margaret Mitchell, 1900-1949
American author, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for her novel Gone with the Wind. The novel is one of the most popular books of all time, selling more than 30 million copies. An American film adaptation, released in 1939, became the highest-grossing film in the history of Hollywood, and received a record-breaking ten Academy Awards.
For decades it was thought that Mitchell had only ever written one complete novel. But in the 1990s, a manuscript by Mitchell of a novel entitled Lost Laysen — a romance set in the South Pacific — was discovered. The manuscript had been written in two notebooks in 1916. A special edition of Lost Laysen was published by the Scribner imprint of Simon & Schuster in 1996.