Road to Tara: The Life of Margaret Mitchell by Anne Edwards
(Ticknor & Fields, 1983, 369 pages)
Road to Tara: The Life of Margaret Mitchell by Anne Edwards is the biography of Margaret “Peggy” Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind. Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1900. Mitchell grew up on stories about Atlanta before, during, and after the Civil War. Mitchell loved listening to and telling the stories about the War. These stories along with extensive research allowed her to write her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Gone with the Wind.
In Road to Tara, Anne Edwards follows Mitchell’s life from her birth in 1900 until her death in 1949. Along the way, Edwards details facts in Mitchell’s life that probably provided the characters and plots in Gone with the Wind. For example, Margaret Mitchell was married twice. Her first husband had many similarities to one of the main characters of her book, Rhett Butler. The plantation, Tara, was modeled after her grandmother’s Fitzgerald plantation.
Road to Tara is an interesting look at the beginning of the 19th century as well as the story of Margaret Mitchell. Anne Edwards was inspired to write about Margaret Mitchell because she had previously written a biography about Vivien Leigh, the actress who played Scarlett in the movie version of Gone with the Wind. I recommend this book to those who like to read biographies or who are fans of Gone with the Wind.