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Gone With the Wind Lives On (perhaps in ignomy?)

St. Martin’s Press is publishing Rhett Butler’s People in the fall. SMP paid over $4 M for the rights to publish a sequel. The book has had three authors and extensive involvement by the estate of Margaret Mitchell. The estate demanded that the book contain no “acts or references to incest, miscegenation, or sex between two people of the same sex.” After some haggling, it appears that the most recent author, Donald McCaig, received the green light to include “a mintor interracial affair and a suggestion of homosexuality.”

The sequel is a retelling of the Gone with the Wind story from Rhett’s point of view, beginning with his childhood, including the development of his relationship with Belle Watling, and his experiences as a blockade runner.

The second author was Pat Conroy who jokingly said that he was going to start out the book with Rhett and Ashley in bed together. Now that would have been a sequel I would buy. McCaig’s version? Not so much

Via Shelf Awareness and New York Times.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

3 Comments

  1. jmc
    May 16, 2007 @ 07:22:14

    Wasn’t that heinous follow up to Gone With the Wind with Scarlett in Ireland bad enough? Don’t people (publishers?) understand that half of the appeal of GWTW is that Rhett is such a cypher?

    Of course, as I’ve gotten older, I appreciate GWTW as a book less…but I still appreciate Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler ;)

  2. Jane
    May 16, 2007 @ 07:25:55

    Don't people (publishers?) understand that half of the appeal of GWTW is that Rhett is such a cypher?

    That was my thought too, but I couldn’t articulate it. Rhett’s mystery is part of his appeal. Drawing back the curtain is only bound to disappoint us.

  3. Rosie
    May 16, 2007 @ 10:23:57

    Wasn't that heinous follow up to Gone With the Wind with Scarlett in Ireland bad enough? Don't people (publishers?) understand that half of the appeal of GWTW is that Rhett is such a cypher?

    AMEN!

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