Frankly, It's Not Worth a Damn

In the sequel to Gone With the Wind, Rhett and Scarlett reunite, she heads for Ireland, has a baby and leaves the reader wondering why tomorrow ever came

Gone With the Wind, book and movie, may be as close to a perpetual-motion machine as the entertainment business is likely to get. Margaret Mitchell's 1936 best seller and David O. Selznick's Technicolor extravaganza have sustained each other for more than 50 years. Readers beget viewers, and countless moviegoers have been seduced at the bookstore. All this adds up to 28 million copies sold and still counting. The 3 3/4-hour movie, owned by Ted Turner since he bought the MGM film library in 1985, has become the eternal flame of popular culture. It is a safe bet that somewhere in the...

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