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Margaret Mitchell
Margaret Mitchell in 1941
Margaret Mitchell in 1941
Born Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell
(1900-11-08)November 8, 1900
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died August 16, 1949(1949-08-16) (aged 48)
Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia
Resting place Oakland Cemetery (Atlanta), Atlanta, Georgia
Pen name Peggy Mitchell
Occupation Journalist, novelist
Education Smith College
Genre Romance novel, Historical fiction
Notable works Gone with the Wind
Lost Laysen
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1937)
National Book Award (1936)
Spouse Berrien Kinnard Upshaw (1922–1924; divorced) John Robert Marsh (1925–1949 widower)


Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell (November 8, 1900 – August 16, 1949) was an American novelist and journalist who wrote under the pseudonym Peggy Mitchell. One novel by Mitchell was published during her lifetime, the American Civil War-era novel, Gone with the Wind, for which she won the National Book Award for Most Distinguished Novel of 1936 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937. In more recent years, a collection of Mitchell's girlhood writings and a novella she wrote as a teenager, Lost Laysen, have been published. A collection of articles written by Mitchell for The Atlanta Journal was republished in book form.

In Atlanta on 11 August 1949, Mitchell was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. Five days later, she died of her injuries. The driver was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

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