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With screenwriter Sidney Howard as the impetus, Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell inscribes to the film's producer David Selznick, a newly published anthology of Southern writing, recommending an essay "The English Language in the South" . This is the only exchange between the two that we can document as ever being offered on the market
n.p., c. 1937. 8vo. "Book Signed ""To David Selznick from / Margaret Mitchell / (see page 350)"" on front free-endpaper. Southern Treasury of Life and Literature / Selected by Stark Young, 748p, 5.75"" x 8.75"". New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1937. Stated ""Authors Edition."" Endpapers and pastedowns lightly toned. Fine condition. In original dust jacket, not price clipped, toned covers, lightly chipped, sunned spine. Stark Young's anthology, Southern Treasury of Life and Literature, was published in March 1937. On page 350, recommended by Margaret Mitchell to David O. Selznick who had bought the rights to film her book, Gone With the Wind, is an essay by Cleanth Brooks, Jr., ""The English Language in the South"" (pp 350-358).David O. Selznick had hired Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist Sidney Howard to write the screenplay. Leonard J. Leff wrote in his December 1999 article in The Atlantic titled ""Gone With the Wind' and Hollywood's Racial Politics,"" in part, ""In the fall of 1936, wringing his hands, Sidney Howard wondered why he had agreed to adapt 'Gone With the Wind' for the screen. He had read and reread the novel, he wrote Selznick in early November, 'and it is certainly quite a nut to crack.'""Two weeks later, from his home in rural Massachusetts, he wrote Margaret Mitchell that she had been too generous; her story was far more than he could compress into the two hours' screen time he was permitted. He would soldier on, of course, but he wanted her to read over his outline and to help out, especially with the black characters -- 'the best written darkies, I do believe, in all literature,' he wrote. 'They are the only ones I have ever read which seemed to come through uncolored by white patronizingâ?¦' In treatments of the screenplay written throughout early 1937, Sidney Howard retained many of the incidents and much of the tone of Mitchell's southern romanceâ?¦""Margaret Mitchell had recommended David Selznick read the essay ""The English Language in the South"" which discusses, among other subjects, ""negro"" pronunciation and words Joel Chandler Harris has Uncle Remus use."
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