Posted on 11/26/2018 at 02:10 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The author of two critically acclaimed tie-ins to Gone With the Wind has died.

Donald McCaig passed away on November 11 at the age of seventy-eight, according to the New York Times.

His decades of well-received literary work, including Nop’s Trials (a novel told from the point of view of an abducted sheepdog) and Jacob’s Ladder, caught the attention of the Margaret Mitchell estate.

Upon its request, McCaig wrote Rhett Butler’s People, which fills in Rhett’s background and retells Gone With the Wind from his perspective, in 2007.

After its success, he went on to write Ruth’s Journey — the story of Mammy — and dedicated it to actress Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy in the movie.

In addition to his writing success, McCaig also earned fame among NPR listeners for his segments about Allegheny Mountains life on All Things Considered.

You can read his full obituary in the New York Times.

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