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PBS specials will explore Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee

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(Read caption) Margaret Mitchell (l.) lived in Atlanta, Ga., the setting of part of her book 'Gone with the Wind,' for her entire life. Harper Lee (r. with former president George W. Bush) grew up in an Alabama town similar to the setting of 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' the fictional Maycomb.

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It's hard to think of two more indelible portraits of the American South than the novels "Gone with the Wind" and "To Kill A Mockingbird."
 
And PBS is pairing the two authors of those works, Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee, for its new "American Masters" specials. "Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel," which will focus on the author behind Scarlett O'Hara, will premiere at 9 p.m. on April 2. "Harper Lee: Hey, Boo" will premiere after the special on Mitchell at 10 p.m. (Local times may be different.)
 
Both authors were born in the South and each published only one novel in her lifetime (though Lee is still alive). The two books, both of which are considered classics, are celebrating anniversaries this year, with "Gone with the Wind" marking its 75th year since publication and "To Kill A Mockingbird" reaching its 50-year milestone.

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