32¢ Gone With the Wind
Celebrate the Century – 1930s
Issue Date: September 10, 1998
City: Cleveland, OH
Printed By: Ashton–Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method: Lithographed, engraved
One of the most popular novels of all time, the epic Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell, was awarded the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. This novel, which took 10 years to complete, is the only work of fiction credited to Mitchell.
Set in Atlanta during the Civil War, Gone With the Wind tells the story of the conflict from a southern viewpoint. Focusing not only on the action from the front lines, it also details the impact on civilians. Predominantly a love story, Mitchell tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, a beautiful young southern belle who falls madly in love with a man whom she can never have – all the while rejecting the advances of the one man who loves her. Thus unfolds one of the most popular works of fiction ever written.
Many of the book’s 59 characters remain familiar to Americans. We can remember the words that have come from their mouths, “...I’ll never go hungry again,” “Tomorrow is another day,” “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” These phrases remain a part of the American vocabulary. Perhaps that is why over 60 years later, Gone With the Wind is still considered one of the great American classics, and remains one of the most widely read stories of all time.