Books:Back With The Wind Mon Dieu! Has Scarlett O'Hara gone Continental?

Back With The Wind Mon Dieu! Has Scarlett O'Hara gone Continental?

The heroine is a passionate, headstrong beauty from the South who struggles to save the family estate and falls for a dashing stranger . . . A Cliff's Notes summary of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind? Not quite. It is the plot of La Bicyclette Bleue (The Blue Bicycle), a 400-page 1981 best seller by French novelist Regine Deforges. This week Deforges and her publishing company, which she now owns, are fighting to save their own fortunes in Paris, where they are defendants in a plagiarism suit brought by Mitchell's heirs.

In Italy another Gone With the Wind clone has...

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