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A new book promises to supply “the story that has been missing” from “Gone With the Wind.” That sounds like copyright infringement to the heirs of author Margaret Mitchell. The new book, “The Wind Done Gone,” isn’t scheduled to be on bookstore shelves until June, but already it’s the subject of a copyright infringement suit brought by SunTrust Bank on behalf of the trusts that hold the copyright to the 1936 novel. On Thursday, SunTrust lawyers will go to U.S. District Court and seek a temporary restraining order. Promotional matter from Houghton Mifflin Co., the publisher of Alice Randall’s book, claims that Scarlett O’Hara had an illegitimate mulatto sister, Cynara. “Sold off like so much used furniture, she eventually makes her way back to Atlanta … ” This is her story. All of Mitchell’s characters are in the new book, most of them thinly disguised, such as “R.B.” and “Other,” a raven-haired, green-eyed belle of five counties. Randall writes that “Other” is “not beautiful, but men seldom recognized this.” The line sounds awfully close to Mitchell’s opening line: “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it … “ The Mitchell trusts have authorized two sequels, but the suit seems to indicate they’re not amused by what is called an “unauthorized sequel.” “The Wind Done Gone” is “a blatant and wholesale theft of ‘Gone With the Wind,’ ” the suit charges. The new book “ incorporates and infringes upon the fully developed characters, settings, plot lines and other copyrighted elements” of “Gone With the Wind,” the suit alleges. A Houghton Mifflin statement declares “it is unconscionable to deny anyone the right to comment on a book that has taken on such mythic status in American culture. There is nothing in this book that violates the rights of the Margaret Mitchell estate.” Joseph M. Beck of Kilpatrick Stockton represents the publisher. He declined comment. Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue represents SunTrust. Rebecca Schwartzman contributed to this story.

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