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W.O. Mitchell Country

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When W.O. Mitchell died in February 1998, Canadians all across the country mourned the death of a much-loved writer. But it was in the West that his loss was felt most keenly. For he was one of them, a Westerner, a man who had grown up in Weyburn, gone to University in Winnipeg and then spent most of his life in High River and in Calgary. His writing - in Who Has Seen The Wind, Jake and the Kid, The Vanishing Point, How I Spent My Summer Holidays, and many other books - brought their part of the world alive on the page, so that millions of readers seemed to breathe fresh Western air as they turned the pages of his works.

His family - represented by his son Orm and daughter-in-law Barbara - were pleased by the idea of an illustrated book that would show W.O. Mitchell country, provided that it included prairie and foothills and mountains. This book carefully gives full weight to both parts of what we affectionately call W.O. Mitchell country. And from the outset the Mitchells knew that the excerpts of W.O.'s landscape writing that they would select deserved to be matched by superb photographs produced by an artist of equal skill and sensitivity.

Enter Courtney Milne, the justly famed photographer of landscapes around the world but especially of his beloved prairies. Prairie boy and long-time admirer of W.O.'s work, he jumped at the chance to produce this book. With the help of the Mitchell family he tracked down sites that W.O. had known and written about. In addition he combed through his vast treasure store of photographs, to try to find the single image that perfectly matched a chosen piece of W.O.'s prose.

In the end, from over 18,000 photographs - over 18,000! - he and the group assembling this book chose the best 200, none of them published before. The result is a magical blend of text and pictures that is greater than the sum of its parts. This classic volume sets a new standard for illuminating a writer's words and bringing alive "the poetry of earth and sky." Open the book. Read it. You will see.

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November 1999 : Canada Hardback

Title: W.O. Mitchell Country
Author(s): W O Mitchell
ISBN: 0-7710-6106-4 / 978-0-7710-6106-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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