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Fascinating Gone With the Wind content! Margaret Mitchell writes, ?Nothing could have pleased me more than to have a psychiatrist praise the pattern of Scarlett O?Hara?s emotional life??
[Atlanta, Georgia], August 22, 1936. 7" x 11". "Typed Letter Signed on her personal stationery, ?Margaret Mitchell,? 1 page, 7"" x 11"". [Atlanta, Georgia], August 22, 1936. Usual horizontal folds, Fine Condition. Dr. Mayos, the recipient of this letter, was a psychiatrist with whom Margaret Mitchell had corresponded since the mid-1930s. The letter in full reads, ?Dear Doctor Mayos: Since my book Gone With The Wind was published I have received a number of letters, but none quite as penetrating as yours. I had thought, and frequently said with all sincerity, that I had written a purely objective novel?"a novel that had nothing of myself or my own experiences in it?"then your letter comes at me wondering. Nothing could have pleased me more than to have a psychiatrist praise the pattern of Scarlett O?Hara?s emotional life. I am one of those people who are disliked by all real psychiatrists. I am a layman who knows just a little about abnormal psychology. I started out to be a psychiatrist, but, unfortunately, was forced to leave college when my mother died and I was the only daughter in the family, and was needed at home to keep house. I hoped for years to go back to medical school, and with that idea in view kept up my studies. I realize that I know all the tops of abnormal psychology?"and have none of the basic and rudimentary knowledge. Its like knowing geometry and never having known the multiplication tables. Perhaps you can understand, after this explanation, why your words of praise about ?the accurate description of human emotions? please me so much. Sincerely, Margaret Mitchell.?"
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