‘Gone With The Wind’ is the only book a local writer discarded

Matt Bubala

Elizabeth Austin

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Elizabeth Austin is a local writer who grew up with Gone With the Wind, a gift she received in 1975 for Christmas. Austin threw away her book. She writes, “I don’t think I’d ever thrown away a book before—at least, not one that was still intact. But this book was different. I didn’t want to be responsible for one more young girl reading Gone with the Wind. It is a pernicious book. It is an evil book.” She chats with Matt Bubala about her experiences. Austin’s article in Washington Monthly can be found here.

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