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Mitchell’s book, Who Has Seen the Wind, returned to library after 52 years with apology note

The book, “Who Has Seen the Wind,” was returned back to the library after 52 years with a note reading "Returning this book to you after too many years. Sorry, it has taken so long."

Jun 9, 2017 11:22 IST
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W.O. Mitchell's Who Has Seen the Wind Who has seen the Wind: W.O. Mitchell

Who has seen the Wind a book written by the Canadian author W.O. Mitchell and first published in 1947 came into the news in June 2017. The book was also made into a movie in 1977.

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The book came into news after a copy of the book was returned to Noah Webster Library in West Hartford, Connecticut after 52 years. According to the Library, the book, “Who Has Seen the Wind,” by W.O. Mitchell was due on 29 September 1965.

Martha Church, the director of the library said that she had no idea that who returned the book after all these years. The hardcover book which was returned back to the library on 5 June 2017 carries a sticky note saying "Returning this book to you after too many years. Sorry, it has taken so long."

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The library’s response to the person who returned the book is of gratitude as it says, “Thank you to whoever dropped this in our Book Drop this morning! It was due on September 29, 1965 - we appreciate it!”

About Who Has Seen the Wind

The book, Who Has Seen the Wind, is considered one of the best-known work’s of W.O. Mitchell and at present, it is taught in a number of Canadian schools and universities. The title of the book was taken by Mitchell from a famous poem by Christina Rossetti.

The book broken into four parts narrates the story of Brian O'Connal growing up in the 1930s on the Saskatchewan prairies. It covers different times of Brain’s life and his struggles to come to terms with issues of life and death on the Canadian prairies.

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