Friday, April 14, 2017

M - Margaret Mitchell/ Jordan Massee

Margaret Mitchell is famous for her book "Gone With The Wind". Some of her reasoning behind the book is she wanted people to see the lack of glamour associated with the antebellum period and boom Hollywood undid that portion of her book.  When it comes to slave owning, it was the 1 percent who owned slaves and it was not unusual for the slave owners to live in Philadelphia or New York.

I used to have a copy of the novel and would read portions late at night. That is when I came to the conclusion that great pieces of literature could be read out of order and the scenes themselves were entertainment in themselves. This is my opinion of course.

Product DetailsThere is a Northern "Gone With The Wind" and it is called "And Ladies of the Club" by Helen Hooven Santmeyer. The book is a very good historical novel. The hardcover is 1176 pages which is 200 pages longer than the hardcover "Gone With The Wind".


If you are a cultural history buff, I recommend "Accepted Fables" by Jordan Massee.

The topic are the people and life of Jordan Massee which occurred in central Georgia. Being from a wealthy family, his book goes to New York and Europe. It's interesting reading a first hand account of his relationship with Tennessee Williams.

I paid between $20 and $30 for the book. I actually have two copies. In my search for where it is on sale, the cost starts around $71. So you may read "Gone With The Wind" or "And Ladies of the Club" for a more reasonable cost.


  1. Gone With the Wind is another book I keep thinking I have to read one day!

  2. Along with To Kill a Mockingbird, I read Gone with the Wind at least a thousand times. I do agree with you, you can read sections of that book and consider them entertainment.


  3. Every time I hear of the book, Gone with the Wind, I remember a story my mother told me. She and my dad were dating (during WWII) when they saw the local cinema was showing the movie. They planned to go and see it later in the week. That night a bomb fell on their town. All that was left of the cinema was a large placard bearing the words: Gone with the Wind! Happy Easter! M is for Marketing Methods as you Build a Better Blog. #AtoZchallenge.

  4. Hi Ann - I admit to being a peasant ... I've tried Gone with the Wind and failed ... possibly not being American makes it tricky to relate, similarly Jordan Massee I expect - but I like reading about them. Shirley's comment above is a sad, but fun one ... cheers Hilary

  5. When a book can be read in sections, you know it can stand the test of time indeed, which it did.

  6. I have heard Gone with the Wind is hard to get into because the characters aren't terribly likable. Is that true? I admit I've not tried to read it for that reason. Should I repent and find myself a copy?

  7. I am a diehard fan of GWTW and Margaret Mitchell, read the book and watched the film more than once. Didn't know there was a writer with a Northern version - gosh, must-read!! Thank you for the reco!



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