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Who Has Seen the Wind

75th anniversary illustrated edition

by (author) W.O. Mitchell

illustrated by William Kurelek

Freehand Books
Initial publish date
Nov 2022
Classics, 20th Century, Small Town & Rural
  • Audio disc

    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
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  • Audio cassette

    Publish Date
    Sep 2000
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2019
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2022
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A luxurious illustrated edition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of this seminal Canadian classic.

W.O. Mitchell's Who Has Seen the Wind, read and loved by millions, is the classic Canadian prairie novel and is considered one of the finest novels about boyhood ever written.

This special edition celebrates the 75th anniversary of the book's first publication in 1947, bringing together the complete version of the text with full-colour paintings and illustrations by renowned artist William Kurelek.

This edition also features a foreword by acclaimed author Frances Itani, and a behind-the-scenes look at the storied history of the novel from members of the Mitchell family.

About the authors

W.O. Mitchell is one of the most recognized Canadian authors of the last century. He was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan in 1914, and during a varied career he was everything from a Depression hobo to the fiction editor of Maclean's. His best-loved book, Who Has Seen the Wind (1947) is hailed as the quintessential Canadian coming-of-age novel. Other works include Jake and the Kid (1961), The Kite (1962), The Vanishing Point (1973), How I Spent My Summer Holidays (1981), Since Daisy Creek (1984), Ladybug, Ladybug (1988), According to Jake and the Kid (1989), Roses are Difficult Here (1990), For Ark's Sake (1992), An Evening with W.O. Mitchell (1997) and the play The Black Bonspiel of Willie MacCrimmon (1993). He won the Leacock Medal for Humour for Jake and the Kid and again for According to Jake and the Kid. Mitchell was made an officer in the Order of Canada in 1973 and has been the subject of an NFB documentary entitled W.O. Mitchell: A Novelist in Hiding.

W.O. Mitchell's profile page

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Editorial Reviews

"One of the finest Canadian novels ever written." - Globe and Mail

"Mitchell . . . has so thoroughly captured the feeling of Canada and the Canadian people that we feel repeated shock of recognition as we read." - Robertson Davies

Other titles by W.O. Mitchell

Other titles by William Kurelek