Letter from AmericaBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7162.892 (Published 26 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:892
- James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
In Atlanta, Georgia, you can visit the house where Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind. The actual typewriter, marked with her nail varnish, is in a glass case. You learn that in her original manuscript the heroine was called Pansy. When an editor questioned this she chose Scarlett. Well, gee whizz. Was Rhett originally named Rab, I wonder.
Pansy was not the only one in Georgia to benefit from an inspired change of name. In the 1850s Atlanta itself was called Terminus. The Mitchell house is one of few old buildings in the city, which has followed a cycle of …