Gone with the Wind is a classic novel written by Margaret Mitchell which was first published in 1936. The story is set during the American Civil War and Reconstruction in Clayton County and Atlanta, Georgia. Gone with the Wind describes the experiences of Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who must use all necessary means to come out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman's "March to the Sea". This classic piece of historical fiction is a coming-of-age story. The title was taken from a poem written by the British poet, Ernest Dowson.
Gone with the Wind was extremely well liked among American readers from its publication in 1936 and was the top American fiction bestseller for two years. In 2008, a Harris poll found Gone with the Wind to be the second favorite book by American readers, just after the Bible. Over 30 million copies have been sold worldwide.