Gone with the Wind is a novel by the American writer Margaret Mitchell. The novel was first published in 1936. The novel is set amid the events taking place in the southern states of the United States during the Civil War, and also before and after the war. In total, the time frame of the novel covers 12 years. Many generations know the story of romantic relationships between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler. The film, based on the novel, received eight Academy Awards.