Great novels are often connected-to (or based-on) real-life events. It's fun to search-for (and uncover) those connections. This Collection features fictional stories with real-life tie-ins.

Fiction 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.

Fiction Learning Tasks

Story Telling

Compare and Contrast Stories with Similar Themes

Tracing and Evaluating an Author's Claims

Repetition and Text Structure

Elements of a Story

Fiction 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.

Lehua, a young noble Hawaiian comes of age, the preface.

NOTES from UNDERGROUNDBy Fyodor DostoevskyTranslation by Andrew R.

Dostoevsky worked on Notes from Underground in 1863.

Fiction Audio Narrations

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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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