Lot 687: Signed book: Southern Treasury of Life and Literature. Authors edition. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1937. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.25 x 9, 748 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in fountain pen, "To David Selznick from Margaret Mitchell, (see page 350)." Autographic condition: fine, with light toning to the signed page. Book condition: VG/VG-. The page that Mitchell points Selznick to begins an essay by Cleanth Brooks, Jr., titled 'The English Language in the South,' which discusses, among other subjects, "negro" pronunciation. Screenwriter Sidney Howard had been struggling to adapt Mitchell's novel into a screenplay, largely due to the particular language nuances of the book, especially with the black characters; this rare offering from Mitchell to Selznick was seemingly a friendly attempt to offer some guidance. A fantastic piece connecting the literary masterpiece to its Hollywood creators.
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RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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