Margaret Mitchell claimed that she had never intended to publish “Gone With the Wind”. In 1935, a friend of hers told Harold Latham, a visiting editor from the MacMillan publishing company, about the book. After some persuasion, Ms. Mitchell took the manuscript, almost as tall as she was, to his hotel. After Margaret gave her manuscript to Mr. Latham she changed her mind about its possible publication and requested that he send the manuscript back to her. Mr. Lathams declined to do so.
It literally became an overnight success selling over a million copies in six months time and one million seven hundred thousand copies within a year of publication. It was in those days and is said to be still the second most printed book in the world, second only to the bible.
If box office receipts for movies were adjusted for inflation, then Gone with the Wind would be the top grossing movie of all time.
Source: Margeret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind was written by Margaret Mitchell. It was published in 1936.