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Popular Speaker to Highlight “Scarlett Fever: The Greatness of Gone with the Wind” with Local Connection

July 9, 2012. Among Blowing Rock’s most famous literary visitors was Margaret Mitchell, who is alleged to have written part of Gone with the Wind (published in 1936) while staying here. During the next Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s Third Thursday (4 p.m., July 19), Dr. Elliot Engel will present “Scarlett Fever: The Greatness of Gone with the Wind,” revealing the astounding background of the book and how it reflects the story of the Mitchell’s life.

“Gone with the Wind is one of the most popular American novels ever written,” said BRAHM Executive Director Joann Mitchell. “Dr. Engel’s talk will give us an inside look at the fascinating life of Margaret Mitchell and a more in-depth understanding of both the author and the book. The talk is especially timely given the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and our own exhibit, Secession to Sesquicentennial: Commemorating the Civil War in Western North Carolina.”

Engel has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and Duke University. He now lives in Raleigh, where he spends time between his many public performances around the country. To provide for expenses for this educational and entertaining lecture, the Museum will charge an admission fee of $20 for both members and non-members. Light refreshments and libations will be served following the program.

For more information, contact 828-295-9099 x 3006 or virginia@blowingrockmuseum.org.

The mission of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is to promote the visual arts, history and heritage of the mountains through educational programs, exhibitions and significant permanent collections. For more information, visit www.blowingrockmuseum.org or call 828-295-9099.