November is an illustrious months for my literary heroines, since so many of them were born in it!

First up, Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell, born on this day in 1900.  Here are some fun facts about the fearless Peggy:

~ Like me, Peggy was a Smithie who didn’t graduate from the illustrious women’s college.  She attended for roughly a year and lived in Chapin House, but dropped out after her mother’s death.

~ Peggy had mother issues, exacerbated by the fact that her dying mother left a hell of a deathbed letter for her to peruse.  This set the standard of her behavior almost impossibly high…a standard she was quick to break.

~ Kicked out of the Junior League.  Find out why in the pages of my book 😉

~ Woman reporter.  Peggy held her own in a career as an investigative journalist at a time when women simply did not do so.

~ Publishing juggernaut.  For all that Peggy dissembled and pretended her “little book” was just a “little” contribution to American letters, it actually revolutionized and revitalized Depression-era publishing.  Gone With the Wind found readers across all walks of life, and its road to movie adaptation was nothing short of a phenomenon.

~ Philanthropist.  I learned from the Margaret Mitchell House’s website that during World War II, Peggy managed to raise $65 million for a replacement to the sunken U.S.S. Atlanta…in sixty days.

There’s a wonderful body of work about MM out there, but I must admit to being tickled pink about Ellen F. Brown‘s upcoming Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood.

Happy birthday to the irascible and charming Peggy!