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March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A prequel to Gone With the Wind, focusing on Mammy, the slave who is a central character in the original novel, is scheduled to be published in October, the New York Times reported today (Thursday). The book, Ruth’s Journey, by Donald McCaig, has received the backing of the estate pf Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the original. Peter Borland, editorial director of Atria, which is publishing the book, told the Times: “What’s really remarkable about what Donald has done is that it’s a book that respects and honors its source material, but it also provides a necessary correction to what is one of the more troubling aspects of the book, which is how the black characters are portrayed.” In an email to the Times, McCaig observed that the original novel presented three major characters, “but we only think about two of them. … When it comes to the third, we don’t know where she was born, if she was ever married, if she ever had children,” he said. “Indeed, we don’t even know her name.” The Times report did not indicate whether the book has been shopped to any film studios.