We may know about a famous person's accomplishments, but what do we know about THEM? What is the human-interest story in THEIR lives? This biography collection features the stories behind the lives of some famous (and not-so-famous) individuals.

Biographies Chapters

The first printing of Gone with the Wind was 10,000 copies (when 5,000 copies was typical for the lifetime of a book).

Margaret Mitchell changed the name of her lead character to Scarlett from Pansy after looking through Irish literature and finding "Scarlett" was an I...

Margaret Mitchell did not have a title for her famous novel until just before it was published. What was the source of the title, "Gone with the Wind?...

Telling no one but her husband about her novel, Margaret Mitchell finally gets the courage to give her manuscript to Harold Latham, chief editor at Th...

Margaret Mitchell began writing her famous novel after injuring her ankle which failed to quickly heal. It was one way for her to cure boredom.

Biographies Learning Tasks

Examining Primary Source Images for Author's Purpose

Cite Textual Evidence to Support Analysis

Cite Textual Evidence to Support Analysis

Cite Textual Evidence to Support Analysis

Cite Textual Evidence to Support Analysis

Biographies Audios

Chapter 40, of Little Women, is one of the saddest chapters in the story.

Do you know the background of "Little Women?" Meet Louisa May Alcott and learn how she based her still-famous story on her real-life family.

In spite of censorship in her time, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) remains one of Russia's most-loved poets of the 20th century.

Winston Churchill became Prime Minister on the 10th of May, 1940.

On the 16th of October, 1938, Winston Churchill broadcast a speech urging both his country, and America, to arm themselves.

Biographies Audio Narrations

Making her point by breaking bottles of alcoholic beverages, Carry Nation becomes a temperance leader.

Gone with the Wind became one of the best-selling novels and movies of all time.

Margaret Mitchell named Scarlett O'Hara after looking through books of Irish literature.

Margaret Mitchell found the title for her new book in the lines of an 1891 poem.

Working on her untitled book for years, Margaret Mitchell finally agrees to have a potential publisher see her manuscript.

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