Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind is the Southern epic. It is about the journey of a flawed heroine from a position of status, through downfall and ruin with much trial and tribulation, to a new position of some status. It exemplifies the unique traits of the Old South civilization. Southern Partisan magazine listed it as one of 15 essential books on the civilization of the American South, describing it as a "not entirely accurate...portrait of the Old South...but mostly it was," and more accurate than the movie. Two articles that treat it favorably, though having much different emphasis are:
Cantrell, James P. 2006. "The Southern Epic and Its Sequel: Margaret Mitchell and Scarlett" in How Celtic Culture Invented Southern Literature. Gretna, La.: Pelican, chapter VIII, p. 193-208.
Pattison, Robert. "Gone with the Wind: A Reappraisal," Tennessee Studies in Literature, 26, (1981), 142-156.