Lost Laysen [Margaret Mitchell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Until recently, the odd thought Margaret Mitchell had only one story to tell: . Written by the author of Gone with the Wind when she was a teen, Lost Laysen is a novella by Margaret Mitchell that demonstrates her. Lost Laysen By Margaret Mitchell – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period.

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Lost Laysen by Margaret Mitchell. The world saw only one book by Margaret Mitchell published in her lifetime, the incomparable Gone With the Wind, the most popular novel in American history. Upon her death inher personal papers, almost all other writing, and even the original typescript of Gone With the Wind were destroyed. Now, sixty years later, the impossible has happened: Loost world has laysej s The world saw only one book by Margaret Mitchell published in her lifetime, the incomparable Gone With the Wind, the most popular novel in American history.

The world has another story from Margaret Mitchell. Better still, laysdn a delight, a fitting predecessor to America’s most beloved epic novel. A spirited tale of love and honor on a doomed South Pacific island called Laysen, Lost Laysen would be justly praised as a charming effort by a remarkable young talent if it were its author’s only work.

Lost Laysen by Margaret Mitchell

But it isn’t, of course, and Lost Laysen also enchants because of the many fascinating ways it foretells Gone With the Wind: The real-life romance at the heart of Lost Laysen’s discovery is as enthralling as any work of fiction.

Margaret Mitchell gave the story, handwritten in two lined notebooks, to a young suitor, Henry Love Angel. Angel put the notebooks away for safekeeping, just as he put away all of Mitchell’s intimate letters to him, as well as their treasured photographs taken over the years.

Well over half a century passed before Henry Love Angel’s son, realizing what had been passed down to him, brought the story, the letters, and the photos to Atlanta’s Road to Tara Museum.

Nationally respected Margaret Mitchell historianDebra Freer masterfully weaves Margaret Mitchell’s never-before-seen letters and photographs into a fascinating introduction that tells the story of Mitchell’s relationship with Henry Love Angel and puts the writing of Lost Laysen into its proper context. Paperbackpages.

Published May 6th by Scribner first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Lost Laysenplease sign up. See 1 question about Lost Laysen…. Lists with This Book. I don’t know what words to use to describe this story or the intimate biographical portion at the beginning of the book other than absolutely riveting, heart-wrenching, and amazing.

Lost Laysen by Margaret Mitchell (1916): A Lost Novella Rediscovered

I took “Lost Laysen” out of the library this morning, tore through it in only a few hours, and plan to buy it so I lyasen read it again and again. How is it possible that the greatest writer of all time only wrote one book?? Kaysen was beyond ecstatic to find that this short story existed, and am so grateful that it and the photos and letters included was preserved and not destroyed along with everything else of Mitchell’s – truly a travesty.

The thought of the original “Gone with the Wind” transcript being burned gives me a horribly ill, panicked feeling. She was such an unbelievable writer, and I flew through this book’s pages feeling as though I had been starved in the literary sense for a lifetime or, more precisely, since reading “Gone with the Wind,” which I tore through with an equal ferocity – 1, pages felt like Mitchell’s writing is passionate, emotive, gripping, and simply unparalleled, and reading about her life as it mirrored her characters in this story really hit home for me.

Reading literature of this power and quality reminds me why I love reading and writing so much, and why I love language and find the written word to be so powerful, so worth preserving and treasuring. You must read the beginning biography before reading the story in order to truly feel and appreciate its weight and magnitude, though the story packs an unrivaled, laywen literary wallop that would satiate even the most-read academic buff all on layssn own.

I liked the imperfect punctuation which for me is a big deal – for some reason it brought to mind old-fashioned speech patterns and gave me a little peek into Mitchell’s head as she I would imagine feverishly wrote this story in her two little notebooks. It’s unbelievable that someone so young could produce something this precious, deep, and sophisticated, evoking in the reader such powerful images and emotions that are indelibly burned into the reader’s layseb.


When looking at the photos and reading the biographical information included in the book, it’s plain to see that Mitchell was anything but ordinary – she had a unique spark, confidence lot stature, and depth of character that is brilliantly illuminated and burns passionately through her writing. Reading about her life, seeing her layeen photos, and reading letters written in her own handwriting was a touching and intimate experience, and I long to know why she never married Henry Angel my heart aches for themand to know more about the rest of her life – about the mysteries and life events that we’ll never have losst knowledge loet.

She was complex and daring and feisty and in many post ahead of her time though, as the biography and story highlights, very much a part of losst time, as is evidenced by the usage of words and lkst of prejudiced attitudes that are wrong and offensive today, but were part of the time period and experience back then.

I loved losy about this book aside from those areas, and felt absolutely heart-wrenched upon reading the final listing of four short story titles Mitchell scrawled on the inside page of her first “Lost Laysen” notebook – four short stories she presumably llaysen and that were presumably destroyed.

The titles appear as though they would have given insight — whether real or fictionalized, we’ll never know — into her friends, her life, her emotions, and her relationships. One title in particular, “Man Who Never Had a Chance,” seems the most telling if it had anything at all to do with Mitchell’s real-life relationship with Henry Angel. If she penned this title at age 16, it would seem paysen perhaps she already knew that she and Henry would not be together in the end. I am especially haunted by Henry Angel, Jr.

I would give anything to read more of Margaret Mitchell’s works, but am so thankful to be able to experience the two that do exist. They should be treasured and read and re-read forever. View all 5 comments. Is it lkst that what I enjoyed most about this was the intro and footnotes? That I wanted to know more about Margaret Mitchell than I wanted to read the short story she wrote when she was sixteen? I found her history fascinating and am very tempted to go hunt down a biography about her to learn more about the missing bits and relationships only hinted at in this.

As for the story itself? Well, it was good but much like I would expect from most talented 16 year old authors.

Not as exceptional as i Is it sad that what I enjoyed most about this was the intro and footnotes? Not as exceptional as it was hyped to be though. And I found that very disappointing.

Jun 07, Griselda rated it did not like it. Reminiscent of The African Queen, but in pale imitation. This novella lay undiscovered for many years The first half of this book contains letters and photos that were given to Henry Love Angel by Margaret Mitchell he was her suitor she also gave him 2 notebooks that contained the story Lost Laysen a story she wrote in when they were both It was Margaret Mitchell’s request that when she died all her stories, letters, manuscripts etc.

The letters and photos themselves are extremely interesting, giving insight into the early years of Margaret Mitchell. The Novella while about 56 pages long is somewhat entertaining the blatant racism is a lil hard to read but it was written in the south in it does seem to be the early thoughts of characters that later become Rhett and Scarlett. It was a fun book to read. What a great find nestled ,ost a used book store!

The story Lost Laysen: The Newly Discovered was very masterfully written as Laysn Mitchell was just fifteen when she wrote it.

It just was a little too much for me in terms of being more graphic and less of a love story. But what I really liked about this book was the biographical information preceding the story. I loved reading about Margaret and the life she led lqysen this time. This book probably isn’t for everyone, but for anyone interested What a great find nestled in a used book store!

This book probably isn’t for everyone, but for anyone interested in the woman behind Gone With the Windit is a must read.


May 01, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: I was one of the first people I know to have to this book. Treasure it for the historical value. Apr 27, Alita rated it liked it. Anything from Margaret Mitchell is of interest, so it was a pleasure to read this all those years ago.

Biographical material, letters, and an unpublished manuscript of Margaret Mitchell’s. May 13, Marina Schulz rated it it was ok Shelves: I still feel that it was relatively fair for the time period, and I loved how Margaret Mithcell intrinsicly described both the setting and mood in a way that absolutely came to life, and drew up complex, unique, and nuanced characters, both black and white.

In sum, when I found out that Lost Laysen existed, I really, really wanted to get my hands on it, but became profundly disapointed, as it is not a good story, pr “Gone With The Wind” is one of my all time favourite books, if not my favourite.

In sum, when I found out that Lost Laysen existed, I really, really wanted to get my hands on it, but became profundly disapointed, as it is not a good story, profundly racist, and certainly not worth the effort I made to get it. Lost Laysen is a lajsen book divided in two parts, one with a forty page or lot biography of Mitchell, and the remainder losy the story itself.

Thus, though I enjoyed the first part, I could not help thinking that, had I known that that the novella was of inferior quality, I would have simply bought a full-size book on the author’s life.

As a comparison with GWTW in inexcapable, I would say that, as aforementioned, my two favourite parts about it where the mood and setting, as well as the nuanced characters.

In Lost Laysen, I felt that both were lacking, although this can, to some degree, though not inexcusebly, be explained by the condensed novella format.

While in GWTW you learn to love Scarlett, who may be self-centered, but also has her strenghts, namely being tough as nails and doing everything to provide for her family, Lost Laysen’s characters are one-trait only caricatures, and either absolutely good, or absolutely bad, and nothing in between.

Courtneay, the main female character around which the book literally revolves, is but a fraction of Scarlett. She is far less complex, and even though she is described as boyish, unconformist and indepent, the only morsel where you can see these attributes is due to her being a lively chatter and an unmarried female missionary. The layesn reason these aspects even come through is because the book is written and set in a very strict era, because otherwise she does nothing extraordinary, and, in short, it comes off as Margaret Mitchell telling us her attributes, but not showing them.

Furthermore, in classic Mary Sue fashion, it lots doesn’t help that every single male character is immediately infatuated with her. The plot twist at the end, which I will not reveal, is the one moment where Courtenay actually feels as strong as the male characters set her up as. Nonetheless, I feel that the choice she makes view spoiler [ to, after her loved one dies trying to defend the two of them, killing herself to “join him”, and to impeded the evildoers who intend to rape her to get to loat body on time hide spoiler ]makes for a nice, but romanticized ending.

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I feel that Scarlett would have tried her luck at view spoiler [ attempting to kill them herself, and making use of the fact that she is a “dainty” woman to take them by surprise. Thus, for these very reasons, and, especially ,aysen the narrator of the former’s story is a man who is “in love” with her after mere days and who, consequently, has no idea of her deeper thoughts or motivations, I felt that Courtnenay was a far weaker and less well developed character than Scarlett.

For example, I found it glaring that Courtenay smiles, blushes, and takes it as a compliment when the men patrionazingly call her “Little Lady” and basically brush her aside from “men’s business”.

GWTW is far more subversive, as the narration would either follow up with oaysen discomfort on Scarlett’s part as to why men view woman as frail and incapable, when she knows she is neither, or would let the reader know that Scarlett is only smilling because it is the easiest method to get whatever she wants.