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When Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was published 80 years ago—on June 30, 1936—it was a quick bestseller. – Time.com

The only novel that was published by Mitchell during her lifetime, the story of Scarlett O’Hara earned the author the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937. But, though it is perhaps best known today for the film it inspired, that movie almost didn’t get made.