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Name: W.O. Mitchell  
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Date of Birth: 13th March 1914
Place of Birth: Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
Profession: Writer
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William Ormond Mitchell (March 13, 1914 - February 25, 1998) was a Canadian writer.


W. O. Mitchell was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. He studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Manitoba and then completed his BA and a teaching certificate at the University of Alberta in 1943. An author of novels, short stories, and plays, he is best known for his 1947 novel, Who Has Seen The Wind and the radio series and later a 1974 novel, Jake and the Kid, which subsequently won the [[This bInsert non-formatted text hereThese portray life on the Canadian Prairies where he grew up in the early part of the 20th century. He has often been called the Mark Twain of Canada for his vivid tales of young boys adventures.

While teaching high school, in 1942 three of his short stories were published and in 1947 his first and trademark novel Who Has Seen the Wind was published to critical acclaim and commercial success. In 1948 he moved to Toronto, Ontario to become the fiction editor for Maclean's magazine. In Toronto, Mitchell created Jake and the Kid, a weekly radio series for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation whose 320 episodes ran from 1949 to 1957.

In addition to producing a large body of work, Mitchell spent a great deal of time teaching others the craft of writing. He served as professor of creative writing and writer-in-residence at several Canadian universities and was the director of the Banff Center's writing division. In 1973 he was made an officer of the Order of Canada. The list of other honors he has received includes honorary doctorates from five Canadian universities and being named an Honorary Member of the Canadian Privy Council in 1992.

In 2000, Mitchell was honored by the government of Canada with his image on a postage stamp.

His other notable works include

  • The Kite (1962)
  • The Devil's Instrument (1973 play)
  • The Vanishing Point (1973)
  • The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (1974 play, 1993 book)
  • Back to Beulah (1978 play)
  • How I Spent My Summer Holidays (1981)
  • Since Daisy Creek (1984)
  • Ladybug, Ladybug (1988)
  • Roses are Difficult Here (1990)
  • For Art's Sake (1992)
  • An Evening with W.O. Mitchell (1997)

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