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*Nearly seven decades after the publication of “Gone With the Wind,” a new book will detail the backstory of Mammy, the servant character immortalized in the 1939 film by Hattie McDaniel.

Simon & Schuster imprint Atria announced Thursday that it will publish Donald McCaig’s “Ruth’s Journey” in October as a prequel to Margaret Mitchell’s million-selling 1936 novel, reports the AP.

“Ruth’s Journey” will track the life of Scarlett O’Hara’s servant from her arrival in Georgia in the early 19th century.

Donald McCaig

Donald McCaig

McCaig previously wrote a spinoff focused on Rhett Butler, “Rhett’s People.” Both titles were authorized by Mitchell’s estate.

Mitchell’s novel has been criticized for romanticizing antebellum life and for its one-dimensional portraits of blacks. McDaniel won an Academy Award for her performance as Mammy, the first black performer to do so.