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Margaret Mitchell, Reporter [Hardcover]

Margaret Mitchell , Patrick Allen
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October 2000
The 64 columns in Margaret Mitchell, Reporter present a never-before-seen portrait of the lively, far-ranging mind and an insightful observer well on the way to her full literary power long before the world even knew her name. More than a decade before Margaret Mitchell the novelist conceived the immortal fictional world of her now legendary and hotly debated novel, Mitchell the reporter was pounding the real-life streets of her native Atlanta in search of the who, what, when, and where for her popular column in the Atlanta Journal. Defying convention, the recent debutante shook things up as one of the first female columnists for the South's largest newspaper. From 1922 to 1926, Mitchell completed hundreds of articles, profiles, columns, interviews, sketches, and book reviews, the best of which are now compiled for the first time. Mitchell's journalism transcends the simple fact-gathering of a seasoned journalist to provide a compelling snapshot of life in the Jazz Age South.

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Allen offers a collection of writing by one of America's most famous authors before she wrote Gone with the Wind , when she made a modest living for four years as a reporter with the Atlanta Journal . Allen recounts the editor's reluctance to hire Mitchell, a society debutante with no reporting experience. Mitchell overcame his skepticism and went on to write features, news stories, and book reviews, as well as the fashion and society news she'd been hired to write. The collection provides a glimpse of the sensibilities of comfortable white Southern society during the period. Mitchell chronicles cultural changes from hemlines to popular music and slang. Her reporting style was breezy and engaging, but she had an eye for real news as well. A story about a wealthy fashionable woman's recent return from a European vacation included an eyewitness account of Mussolini seizing control of Italy. Then, too, this collection offers some insights into Mitchell's development as a writer and a look at the cultural context in which she lived before writing her historic novel. Vanessa Bush
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"Just how good a journalist Mitchell was is evident in Margaret Mitchell, Reporter." -- -Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Just how good a journalist Mitchell was is evident in Margaret Mitchell, Reporter." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Offers insights into Mitchell's development as a writer and a look at the cultural context in which she lived." -- -Booklist

"Offers insights into Mitchell's development as a writer and a look at the cultural context in which she lived." -- Booklist

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5.0 out of 5 stars New insights into this great writer! Nov. 3 2000
By Joyce
Format:Hardcover
Completely charming and so evocative of its time and the diamond-hard sensibility of its author, this collection shows that there is so much more to Margaret Mitchell than her single book. Highly recommended not only for Gone With the Wind fans but for anyone interested in women's and journalism history, the Jazz Age, or Atlanta in a simpler time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond "Gone With the Wind" Oct. 10 2000
Format:Hardcover
This is a rare and wonderful collection of little known and lost journalism by a very under-rated author. The book was published in honor of Margaret Mitchell's 100th birthday (she was born on November 8, 1900) and it is a fitting centennial tribute. Mitchell writes so engagingly about a variety of things--both the frivolous and the serious. Although Mitchell was, of course, reporting for her hometown Atlanta Journal Magazine, and was therefore putatively neutral, her great ability to draw character and see quirky and telling detail makes this selection of pieces from the early twenties seem more like fiction, even autobiography. Some of the slang and diction is dated, but to me that only made it more charming. Nothing could be more different from the Civil War material we all know from Mitchell, yet the sharp eye and flawless style are clearly evident--a full decade before her great "Gone With the Wind."
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5.0 out of 5 stars New insights into this great writer! Nov. 2 2000
By Joyce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Completely charming and so evocative of its time and the diamond-hard sensibility of its author, this collection shows that there is so much more to Margaret Mitchell than her single book. Highly recommended not only for Gone With the Wind fans but for anyone interested in women's and journalism history, the Jazz Age, or Atlanta in a simpler time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond "Gone With the Wind" Oct. 10 2000
By Jack Sprattas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a rare and wonderful collection of little known and lost journalism by a very under-rated author. The book was published in honor of Margaret Mitchell's 100th birthday (she was born on November 8, 1900) and it is a fitting centennial tribute. Mitchell writes so engagingly about a variety of things--both the frivolous and the serious. Although Mitchell was, of course, reporting for her hometown Atlanta Journal Magazine, and was therefore putatively neutral, her great ability to draw character and see quirky and telling detail makes this selection of pieces from the early twenties seem more like fiction, even autobiography. Some of the slang and diction is dated, but to me that only made it more charming. Nothing could be more different from the Civil War material we all know from Mitchell, yet the sharp eye and flawless style are clearly evident--a full decade before her great "Gone With the Wind."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cub Reporter's Life June 27 2008
By Rosemarie A. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Delve into the past and uncover the secrets behind Margaret Mitchell's life! Her early reporter days are covered in detail and shed some light into her writing talents. She has fresh appeal and a charismatic way of reporting on the important topics surrounding the 1920's in Atlanta, GA. A good read!
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprised July 10 2013
By Elizabeth K. Gregory - Published on Amazon.com
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Knowing what a great writer Margaret Mitchell iwas (Gone With the Wind) I was surprised at how pedestrian a reporter she was. Her articles are good but if one is looking for great writing, it's not there. Still it does give a reader a sense of what was going on in the early 20th century.
3.0 out of 5 stars I read anything about MM Jan. 28 2013
By Carol Fruge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not what I expected. Just a collection of her articles rather than a narrative of her life as a reporter.
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