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The original typewritten version of the last four chapters of Gone With the Wind goes on display today at the Pequot Library in Southport.
Library Director Dan Snydacker says the pages include hand-written changes by the author.
“The first section of the final chapter was quite marked up,” Snydacker said. “You can tell she was fussing with it.”
Author Margaret Mitchell wanted the drafts of her book destroyed, after her death, and her husband carried out her wishes — almost.
These chapters survived, and were donated to the library by the president of the publishing house that handled the book.
Snydacker said the book is the great American novel, but it is flawed.
“The way Mitchell treats the issue of slavery and the KKK betrays a racism that she may not have been aware of, but it is there,” Snydacker said.
The exhibit runs through May 7.