No. 5: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Summary and Similar Books

Book No. 5 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Novels of All Time, get a summary of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, find similar books to Gone with the Wind and find movie versions of the book.

A heartbreaking anti-war novel set in American South during the Civil War. The heroine is one of the most famous in all literature: the white-shouldered Scarlett O’Hara, a strong-willed, Southern belle who knows how to get what she wants. Her third husband, Rhett Butler, is the consummate man’s man. Publically scorned for his scandalous, un-Southernly behavior, he’s the one Scarlett turns to when even she has gotten in over her head.

Leaning as it does towards the ideology and traditions of the old, antebellum South, the book would nonetheless win Mitchell a Pulitzer Prize. One of the most popular books of all time, it’s sold some 28 million copies and counting – an amazing number considering the size of the book at 1,037 pages.

Publication of the book brought Margaret Mitchell instant fame. She was besieged by the press, forcing her, at one point, into a mountain hideaway, where she says she decided she would never to write another word … and she never did.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is No. 5 on our list of the Top 1,000 Best Romance Books of All Time.

Sequels to Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Rhett Butler’s People, Donald McCaig

Similar Books to Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

In Search of Rhett Butler, by Sharron Haynes
The Wind Done Gone: A Novel, by Alice Randall
The Bronze Horseman, by Paullina Simons
Ashes in the Wind, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
North and South (North and South Trilogy Part One), by John Jakes
Heaven and Hell (North and South Trilogy), by John Jakes
Love and War (North and South Trilogy), by John Jakes
The Thorn Birds: A Novel, by Colleen McCullough
The Bastard (Kent Family Chronicles), by John Jakes
On Leaving Charleston, by Alexandra Ripley
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Movie Versions of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind (1939), starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh

Scarlett (1994), starring Joanne Whalley and Timothy Dalton

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