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Lost Laysen

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  772 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
The world saw only one book by Margaret Mitchell published in her lifetime, the incomparable Gone With the Wind, the most popular novel in American history. Upon her death in 1949, her personal papers, almost all other writing, and even the original typescript of Gone With the Wind were destroyed. Now, sixty years later, the impossible has happened: The world has another s ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 6th 1997 by Scribner (first published 1996)
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Mandy
Jun 19, 2015 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what words to use to describe this story (or the intimate biographical portion at the beginning of the book) other than absolutely riveting, heart-wrenching, and amazing.

I took "Lost Laysen" out of the library this morning, tore through it in only a few hours, and plan to buy it so I can read it again and again. "Gone with the Wind" is my favorite book of all time, and I have felt such confusion and such a void as a reader at finding that there aren't any other books by Margaret Mit
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Christopher Hicks
Apr 22, 2015 Christopher Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book contains letters and photos that were given to Henry Love Angel by Margaret Mitchell (he was her suitor) she also gave him 2 notebooks that contained the story Lost Laysen a story she wrote in 1916 when they were both 16. It was Margaret Mitchell's request that when she died all her stories, letters, manuscripts etc. be destroyed, when she passed in 1949 her husband and brother honored this request (or so they thought) no one knew of this lost story till years later w ...more
Mom
Nov 10, 2015 Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Margaret Mitchell fans
Recommended to Mom by: Gina
What a great find nestled in a used book store! The story Lost Laysen: The Newly Discovered was very masterfully written as Margaret Mitchell was just fifteen when she wrote it. It just was a little too much for me in terms of being more graphic and less of a love story. But what I really liked about this book was the biographical information preceding the story. I loved reading about Margaret and the life she led during this time. This book probably isn't for everyone, but for anyone interested ...more
Gina
Nov 05, 2015 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have only read the story part of this book for now; I may read the introduction and preface at another time.

While not as epic or fleshed out as Gone with the Wind, this was a nice little tale, if tragic. It could have used more historical context and, if we were meant to be heartbroken by the loss of the island, more time on the island, with its people, learning its history. The plot can be a little convoluted at times, as per usual when a natural disaster pops up in a story, but as a simple t
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Alita
Apr 27, 2008 Alita rated it liked it
Anything from Margaret Mitchell is of interest, so it was a pleasure to read this all those years ago.
Melissa
May 01, 2008 Melissa rated it liked it
I was one of the first people I know to have to this book. Treasure it for the historical value.
Jennifer
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 a
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Lisa James
Aug 03, 2014 Lisa James rated it really liked it
This novella, written when she was only 16, shows the promise that was to come in her world beloved Gone With the Wind. Her heroine in this is strong willed & believes in her honor over her life, & the 2 men that love her are as different as night & day. There are shades of Rhett Butler in both of these men, & shades of Scarlett in the heroine of this tale. The love story between Margaret & Henry seems to mirror the novella as well...Serendipity was working yesterday when I w ...more
Michelle Adcock
May 10, 2008 Michelle Adcock rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mitchell fans
This ain't gone with the wind. However, there are some very interesting parallels, and overall reading this early work was kinda cool.
Eyebright
Mar 26, 2008 Eyebright added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older teens, and adults with discretion
Shelves: 2008-books
Lost Laysen is the only other known book by Margaret Mitchell. This copy actually is mostly about Margaret's relationship with Henry Love Angel, one of her many suitors, and one she did NOT marry. The biography part of the book was very annoying. Margaret was, personally, not a person I would want to be friends with, and then, she didn't even marry Henry Angel in the end, she married two other guys (Not at the same time, mind!) and then she died. The really sad thing was that Henry stayed faithf ...more
Cassie
Is it sad that what I enjoyed most about this was the intro and footnotes? That I wanted to know more about Margaret Mitchell than I wanted to read the short story she wrote when she was sixteen? I found her history fascinating and am very tempted to go hunt down a biography about her to learn more about the missing bits and relationships only hinted at in this.

As for the story itself? Well, it was good but much like I would expect from most talented 16 year old authors. Not as exceptional as i
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Diane Lynn
Margaret Mitchell wrote this novella when she was all of 15 years old. It tells of a romance set on an island in the South Pacific. The story is really only half of the book, the other half being pictures and letters written by MM to Henry Love Angel. He was one of many young men in her life, and the one she gave "Lost Laysen" to. Angel's son turned all the papers and photographs over to a museum in Atlanta and this book is the result. I enjoyed the story as well as the peek into Atlanta of the ...more
Alisea
Dec 07, 2014 Alisea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ai primi del Novecento, Bill Duncan fa il marinaio sul Caliban, una piccola imbarcazione che fa servizio merci e passeggeri nell'arcipelago di Tonga, nel Sud del Pacifico, e spesso approda a Laysen, una piccola isola vulcanica. Quando sale a bordo Miss Courtenay Ross, una graziosa ragazza dai capelli dorati e dai vivaci, imperiosi occhi grigi, Duncan se ne innamora perdutamen- te. Deve però contenderla a Douglas Steele, il ricco giovane cui Courtenay è promessa..

Il racconto è brevissimo, solo 60
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Michelle
Feb 06, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Basically, I am giving 5 stars to the memory of Margaret Mitchell, not so much this novella. This is the literary equivalent of marshmallow whip, but it was so fun to compare this with Gone With the Wind. The biographical info and photos that take up almost half of this book's pages make it all the more worth it.
Diana
Il racconto è carino ma non eccelso, cosa comprensibile visto che deve averlo scritto da giovanissima.
Le tre stelline se le guadagna tutte l'introduzione dove si trovano una raccolta di lettere tra Peggy (Margareth Mitchell) ed un suo spasimante, alcune foto dei suoi mitici anni ruggenti e molti dettagli riguardanti la sua affascinante vita negli anni venti!
Merita davvero solo per questo.
Marnae
Apr 17, 2010 Marnae rated it liked it
I have loved "Gone With the Wind" for years. It has always been thought that Margaret Mitchell only wrote one book before she was killed. Recently a manuscript to this book and some pictures of her and some friends were found. She wrote this book when she was 16 years old and given to a boyfriend who kept them even after she married someone else. It is a very short, quick read.
Courtenay
Jul 15, 2015 Courtenay rated it it was ok
The heroine is Courtenay & Margaret Mitchell wrote GONE WITH THE WIND, one of my favorite books. Those are the reasons why I read this novella. It was not what I expected. It reminded me of stories my students wrote when I taught English from 1976 to 1984, middle & high school age. This one is notable only because its author was Margaret Mitchell.

Margaret Mitchell did not want LOST LAYSEN published, much as Harper Lee did not want GO SET A WATCHMAN published. But in the interest of maki
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Val
Jun 17, 2015 Val rated it it was amazing
"Lost Laysen" is the lost novella manuscript penned by Margaret Mitchell when she was four months shy of age 16. It was only discovered and then published in 1996. She wrote it for her beau, Henry Love Angel. Along with letters from her and photographs, he kept it secret. When he died in 1945, it passed to his mother and then his son, who finally presented it in the 1990s. Even then, she was an exceptional writer, and the themes of honor permeate this novella as they did in Gone With the Wind. T ...more
Monique
Feb 22, 2016 Monique rated it really liked it
Beautiful little story. Written by a 15 year old Margret Mitchell and, together with Gone by the Wind, the only novel left of her. It hurts to know that so many of her beautiful stories were destroyed.
Carol
Feb 14, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book - part non fictional account of Margaret Mitchell's romance/friendship with Henry Love Angel as told through letters and pictures and a novella written by Mitchell and given to Angel when both were young. The pictures and papers (the novella written in long hand in 2 composition notebooks) were kept by Angel and passed on to his family. His son eventually took them to Atlanta's Road to Tara Museum. The story behind the pics and letters was written by Mitchell historia ...more
Datatater
Feb 02, 2016 Datatater rated it it was ok
What a complicated book to try and review. On the one hand, it's pretty marvelous considering it was written by a sixteen-year-old. On the other hand, what a stupid horrible story. But on the other, other hand - she WAS only 16 and a "southern belle" (back when that meant something) and that has colored the tale (forgive the pun).

The version that I read was 1/2 the actual Lost Leysen story, and 1/2 a mini-biography of Mitchell; that was interesting, but didn't make me like her very much. She see
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rinabeana
Jan 05, 2008 rinabeana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1996, this is a rare surviving manuscript of Margaret Mitchell's, which she gave to her friend Henry Love Angel. It was a quick read and quite entertaining.
Jennifer
Apr 24, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
such an amazing story how this book was even found. And for Margaret Mitchell fans, it's so fantastic to find another work by MM.
Paul
Oct 22, 2014 Paul rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can understand why this was published. Margaret Mitchell ordered that all of her writing and papers were burned after her death and this story was discovered recently--really the only other real writing other than "Gone With The Wind" that survived. Because of the love that "Gone With The Wind" has garnered over the years, it makes perfect sense that it was published with the Margaret Mitchell House.

Sadly, the story "Lost Laysen" isn't very good. It was a story written by Mitchell as a teenage
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Bev
Lost Laysen by Margaret Mitchell is really two stories in one volume. The first half is a real-life love story told in letters and pictures which Mitchell's beau, Henry Love Angel, had kept secret throughout his life. When he died in 1945, Angel left behind love letters from Mitchell, photos taken over the years, and two notebooks which she had entrusted to him. Although those materials were passed on to his son, Henry Jr. did not really examine them until he heard about the Atlanta museum dedic ...more
Nicole
Jan 28, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Margaret Mitchell/Gone with the Wind fans
This is an extremely fast read and it's incredibly interesting. The first half of the book is about Margaret Mitchell during her teenage years/early 20s and her relationship with one of her beaux, Henry Love Angel. When Mitchell died, her husband began the process of destroying all of her personal papers, including the original pages of "Gone with the Wind." It's interesting to note that her will DID NOT state to do this, but he said that it was what she had told him she wanted done. The photos, ...more
Lara
Aug 26, 2011 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: GWTW Fans
Shelves: southern, gwtw
As a fan of GWTW, I was very excited to find another work by Margaret Mitchell, albeit one written in her adolescence. This story is very entertaining and especially well written for a 16 year old. A novella, Lost Laysen is a tale of ship explorations in east Asia. The main characters were based on her friends--the heroine's name actually being the same as Mitchell's best friend, Courtenay Ross. Mitchell writes from the perspective of a rough and tough seaman, and pulls off an uber macho voice v ...more
Victoria
Dec 03, 2013 Victoria rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
Gone with the Wind has been one of my favorite books since I read it in 8th grade (16 years ago). I was excited about learning there was another piece written by Margaret Mitchell, so I made sure to read this.

The beginning half of this book was all about her life and friendship with a man she called "the Angel" as Angel was a part of his name. They grew up together and wrote many letters to him when they couldn't be around one another, though they grew up across the street from each other, it s
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Nancy Rossman
Oct 11, 2012 Nancy Rossman rated it liked it
Since GWTW is my very favorite fiction of ALL TIME, and I only recently heard about this book (MM's first book which she wrote at age 16....) I must just give it a go. The reviews are less than stellar but hell, she was 16. She probably had something going on:)


This is a collection of letters and dozens of photos of MM and her friend, Courtenay along with what appears to be her first beau, Henry Love Angel. These three were fabulous friends, educated, somewhat renegades and outsiders to Atlanta s
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Amy
Nov 25, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book at the Margaret Mitchell House gift shop for fifty dollars. It's really a very pretty book. Pale yellow dust jacket, gray-blue end papers with a white art deco-style "MMM" printed in a repeating pattern throughout. Each page of the story itself is framed by a yellow rectangle with black border. A matte gloss tot the pages help show off the b & w photographs and reproductions of "Peg's" letters to beaux Henry Angel. She wrote LOST LAYSEN when she was fifteen years old. Very ...more
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Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell, popularly known as Margaret Mitchell, was an American author, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for her novel, Gone with the Wind, published in 1936. The novel is one of the most popular books of all time, selling more than 28 million copies. A
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