Who's this bright young thing, author of one of the biggest novels of the 20th century?
It's Margaret Mitchell, of Gone With the Wind fame. Mitchell started writing the novel as a way to keep herself occupied while laid up with a broken ankle, and originally considered naming it Tomorrow is Another Day, Ba! Ba! Blacksheep, and Tote the Weary Load. Thankfully, she settled on a line from a favorite poem. The novel sold more than a million copies within six months of its release in 1936 and earned Mitchell the Pulitzer Prize the following year. GWTW was Mitchell's only published novel — she requested that the original manuscript and all other writings (except for a handful of pages to be used to authenticate authorship) be destroyed. She died in 1949 at age 48.