Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Yesterday, November 8, 2011 would have been Ms. Margaret Mitchell's 111th birthday. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 8, 1900. So it would be appropriate for us to visit the restored three-story Tudor Revival mansion in Midtown Atlanta where Ms. Mitchell wrote her famous novel that was made into the movie, Gone With The Wind.
This is the side exit of the house where we would follow the walkway to another building to see display and watch the documentary "The Making of A Film Legend: Gone With The Wind."
The house is located at 990 Peachtree Street, NE at the corner of 10th and Peachtree. It was supposed to be a 10-units building. Ms. Mitchell lived in Unit #1 on the first floor. Photography or video recording was not allowed inside her apartment so I don't have any images to share. It was a tiny place that include a sitting area, a bathroom, a bedroom with enough space for a dresser, a sewing machine and a small table, interestingly a kitchen was located next to the bedroom. No wonder Ms. Margaret called her living quarter "the Dump"!
Above photo showed Benjamin sitting outside Unit #1, where Ms. Margaret sat looking out the street when she was not writing on her typewriter. On display in a room next to the gift shop was memorabilia from Ms. Mitchell's life that included photos from the family albums. I looked but could not find the Vietnamese version of GWTW, Cuong Theo Chieu Gio. There have been many controversial issues regarding the book and the movie. Whether you like the story or not, there are many, myself included, identify our struggle with the characters in the novel, specifically Scarlett and her famous vow, "God is my witness, I will never be hungry again."
There was Benjamin with his ever sunshine smile. (During the tour, one woman in her early 40s asked, "Where does Margaret Mitchell live now?". I had to control myself not to roll on the floor laughing. How could this person not know that Ms. Mitchell was hit and killed by a speeding taxi in August 1949?) The tour was interesting and a must-visit when in Atlanta. But when my sister asked if I enjoyed the tour, I had to respond, "Frankly my dear ....." ;>)