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The author of the book: Margaret Mitchell
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Edition: De Boekerij
Date of issue: 1996
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I don't know what words to use to describe this story (or the intimate biographical portion at the beginning of the book) other than absolutely riveting, heart-wrenching, and amazing.
I took "Lost Laysen" out of the library this morning, tore through it in only a few hours, and plan to buy it so I can read it again and again. "Gone with the Wind" is my favorite book of all time, and I have felt such confusion and such a void as a reader at finding that there aren't any other books by Margaret Mitchell. How is it possible that the greatest writer of all time only wrote one book?? I was beyond ecstatic to find that this short story existed, and am so grateful that it (and the photos and letters included) was preserved and not destroyed along with everything else of Mitchell's - truly a travesty. The thought of the original "Gone with the Wind" transcript being burned gives me a horribly ill, panicked feeling. She was such an unbelievable writer, and I flew through this book's pages feeling as though I had been starved in the literary sense for a lifetime (or, more precisely, since reading "Gone with the Wind," which I tore through with an equal ferocity - 1,400 pages felt like 14). Mitchell's writing is passionate, emotive, gripping, and simply unparalleled, and reading about her life as it mirrored her characters in this story really hit home for me. Reading literature of this power and quality reminds me why I love reading and writing so much, and why I love language and find the written word to be so powerful, so worth preserving and treasuring. You must read the beginning biography before reading the story in order to truly feel and appreciate its weight and magnitude, though the story packs an unrivaled, pristine literary wallop that would satiate even the most-read academic buff all on its own. I liked the imperfect punctuation (which for me is a big deal) - for some reason it brought to mind old-fashioned speech patterns and gave me a little peek into Mitchell's head as she (I would imagine) feverishly wrote this story in her two little notebooks.
"Lost Laysen" was written over a one-month period when Mitchell was only 16 years old, and the first section of the book prior to the story is filled with photos and letters and detailed information about her personal life and her interactions with close friends and numerous romantic suitors (Henry Angel himself never revealed any information to the public about his relationship with Mitchell, nor told anyone he had such memorabilia in his possession; it was brought to public light by his son, Henry Angel, Jr.). It's unbelievable that someone so young could produce something this precious, deep, and sophisticated, evoking in the reader such powerful images and emotions that are indelibly burned into the reader's mind. When looking at the photos and reading the biographical information included in the book, it's plain to see that Mitchell was anything but ordinary - she had a unique spark, confidence of stature, and depth of character that is brilliantly illuminated and burns passionately through her writing. Reading about her life, seeing her personal photos, and reading letters written in her own handwriting was a touching and intimate experience, and I long to know why she never married Henry Angel (my heart aches for them), and to know more about the rest of her life - about the mysteries and life events that we'll never have any knowledge of. She was complex and daring and feisty and in many ways ahead of her time (though, as the biography and story highlights, very much a part of her time, as is evidenced by the usage of words and expression of prejudiced attitudes that are wrong and offensive today, but were part of the time period and experience back then). I loved everything about this book aside from those areas, and felt absolutely heart-wrenched upon reading the final listing of four short story titles Mitchell scrawled on the inside page of her first "Lost Laysen" notebook - four short stories she presumably wrote and that were presumably destroyed. The titles appear as though they would have given insight -- whether real or fictionalized, we'll never know -- into her friends, her life, her emotions, and her relationships. One title in particular, "Man Who Never Had a Chance," seems the most telling if it had anything at all to do with Mitchell's real-life relationship with Henry Angel. If she penned this title at age 16, it would seem that perhaps she already knew that she and Henry would not be together in the end. I am especially haunted by Henry Angel, Jr.'s recollection at the end of the book of Margaret staring at him during a visit after his father's death, and subsequently telling him how much he resembled him.
I would give anything to read more of Margaret Mitchell's works, but am so thankful to be able to experience the two that do exist. They should be treasured (and read and re-read) forever.
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Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell, popularly known as Margaret Mitchell, was an American author, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for her novel, Gone with the Wind, published in 1936. The novel is one of the most popular books of all time, selling more than 28 million copies. An American film adaptation, released in 1939, became the highest-grossing film in the history of Hollywood, and received a record-breaking number of Academy Awards.
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