Gone with the Wind was popular with American readers from the outset and was the top American fiction bestseller in the year it was published and in 1937. The novel was released June 30, 1936 in the era of the Great Depression and Mitchell worried the high $3.00 price would ruin its chance for success.
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.