Your vote on this answer has already been received
Gone with the wind is a romantic melodrama set in the time period of the Civil War, beginning shortly after the Lincoln's election and concludes at the end of the war about eight years later. It has numerous references and remakes in films and literature and has been been voted as one of the defining works of literature in the English language for its time period.
Gone with the Wind is a 1936 American novel by Margaret Mitchell set in the Old South during the American Civil War and Reconstruction. The novel won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning 1939 film of the same name. It was also adapted during the 1970s into a stage musical titled Scarlett; there is also a 2008 new musical stage adaptation in London's West End titled Gone With The Wind. It is the only novel by Mitchell published during her lifetime, and it took her ten years to write it. The novel is one of the most popular books of all time, selling more than 30 million copies (see list of best-selling books). Over the years, the novel has also been analyzed for its symbolism and treatment of mythological archetypes.