Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949)

Death: 16th August 1949
Location: Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States
Cause of death: Accidental - hit by a taxi
Photo taken by: J.Glover
Buy Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

American author of Gone with the Wind for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1937.  Gone with the Wind is one of the best selling novels of all time and was adapted into a multi-Academy Award winning film in 1939. 

Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Smith College but left before taking her final exams after the death of her mother during the influenza pandemic of 1918. She took a job at the Atlanta Journal where she became one of their first female columnists. In 1922 she married Red Upshaw, but they divorced shortly after when it was discovered that Red was a bootlegger. In 1925 Mitchell was married to John Marsh, a friend of Upshaw’s. Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind for her own amusement whilst she was bedridden after breaking an ankle. Mitchell died at the age of forty-eight when she was hit by a taxi as she was crossing the road; dying five days later as a result of her injuries. The taxi driver was convicted of involuntary manslaughter even though witnesses to the accident reported that Mitchell had stepped into the road without looking.