September 01, 1997 12:00 AM

A Federal District Court in Atlanta granted an injunction Friday to halt the impending publication of “The Wind Done Gone” after concluding that its author, Alice Randall, plagiarized from Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind.” Randall’s novel is partly set at Scarlett O’Hara’s family plantation, Tara, and is told from the point of view of the daughter of patriarch Gerald O’Hara and the domestic servant Mammy. In the interest of free speech, authors Toni Morrison and John Berendt, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and critic Henry Lewis Gates were among those who submitted testaments against such an injunction. Publisher Houghton Mifflin told The New York Times that it will appeal.

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