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Lost Laysen (1996)

by Margaret Mitchell

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A love triangle in the South Pacific is the plot of this recently discovered short novel by the author of Gone with the Wind, written when she was 16 years old. The book also contains intimate letters from the author to a man friend.

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I discovered this, the only other known book by the author many years ago.

A spirited tale of love and honor in the South Pacific.

Until recently, the world thought Margaret Mitchell had only one story to tell: Gone With the Wind. Now meet a heroine to match Scarlett O'Hara: Courtenay Ross, a feisty, independent-minded woman, and the two men - one a coolheaded, well-heeled gentleman, the other a hot-blooded, pugnacious sailor - who adore her.

Equally intriguing is the story behind the story—the real-life romance that inspired Mitchell: how she gave the original manuscript as a gift to her beau, Henry Love Angel, and how the manuscript, along with Mitchell’s intimate letters and treasured photographs, were lovingly safeguarded only to be discovered decades later in a shoebox!

A tale of yearning, valor, and devotion, Lost Laysen is enthralling from its delightful beginning to its unforgettable end. ( )
  Gmomaj | Jul 30, 2022 |
Margaret Mitchell's photos, writings and letters were destroyed when she passed away in 1949. However, in the mid 90's, a previously undiscovered manuscript, letters and photos were turned in to The Tara Museum. "Lost Laysen" is a compilation of these previously undiscovered gems, including a story written by Margaret when she was 16 years old. It's supposed to parallel "Gone with the Wind" in some areas, but don't get too excited if you don't see many of those parallels. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Not too long ago the world had thought that Margaret Mitchell had only 1 story to tell. With the discovery of Henry Love Angel's cache of her letters, pictures and two notebooks we have been given insight into a period of Margaret's life that would shape her future. This book is a collection of those very items.

The letters and pictures have provided us an insight into "Peg's" style, attitude, candor, and writing. The notebooks ended up being a delightful little story called "Lost Laysen" which also contains many similarities to her masterpiece "Gone with the Wind".

Being a huge "GWTW" fan, this was a must read for me and I enjoyed every page. It is sad to think that this story is all that remains of the many that she probably wrote before her one novel, yet it is an enjoyable read from her at the young age of 16. We can only imagine what other tales she had to tell . . . ( )
  JEB5 | Oct 30, 2013 |
2,5 en fait...
Agréable à lire mais sans plus. ( )
  Moncoinlecture | Apr 4, 2013 |
In this edition the story "Lost Laysen" is told first. I liked that story, short, to the point about a theme that is universal: an impossible love. What I found very impressive is that Mitchell wrote it at such a young age.

The part about Mitchell with pictures and information about her life I found not so interesting. As a person this writer did not interest me, so reading about her life, her passion was quite hard. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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