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Sunday, 3 May 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping, the golden age of Hollywood (esp westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. 

This is a series of very, very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #16 – 3 May 1937  

On 3 May 1937, Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the one and only published full novel in her lifetime, and what a novel it was/is.  Gone with the Wind.  She had written other fiction, a novella called Lost Laysen and a novelette, Ropa Carmagin.  She is known to have written another full novel called The Big Four which is either lost or destroyed.  She wrote many features for The Atlanta Journal.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Gone with the Wind is a magnificent historical epic, an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and a people forever changed. Above all, it is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett O'Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler.
Famously, the book was made into a 1939 film starring Clarke Gable as Rhett and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett.  The movie won eight Academy Awards, and a host of other accolades.
Both the book and the film are truly epic.  The book is circa 800 pages and the film clocks up nearly four hours.
Margaret Mitchell was a lifelong resident of Atlanta, Georgia.  She was born on 8 November, 1900 and died at 48 on 16 August, 1949.  
Sources: Various

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