Margret Mitchell was an American author and journalist. Although she only published one novel in her lifetime (Gone With the Wind), she is much celebrated for her depiction of the American South in the 1930s. Her sweeping romance and the historical nature of the novel was seen as escapism from the Depression which was consuming America at the time. Her novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 and was adapted into a hugely successful film which is still an enduring classic.
After her death in 1949, an early novella from her juvenilia was discovered and published in 1996 and was featured on best seller lists.