Ridiculously Overdue Library Books (That Were Finally Returned) via Mental Floss
1. DAYS AND DEEDS BY BURTON AND ELIZABETH STEVENSON
YEARS OVERDUE: 47
According to Guinness World Records, the $345.14 fee paid by the borrower of this lyrical compilation stands as the highest library fine ever paid.
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2. THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY BY OSCAR WILDE
YEARS OVERDUE: 78
Mrs. Harlean Hoffman Vision found a rare edition of this novel nestled amongst her late mother’s personal effects and vowed to set things right. “She kept saying, ‘You’re not going to arrest me?’” recalls marketing director Ruth Lednicer, “and we said, ‘No, we’re so happy you brought it back.’”
3. MASTER OF MEN BY E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM
YEARS OVERDUE: 79
Oppenheim was born in the surrounding region and, hence, the Leicestershire County Council was thrilled to reclaim this piece of their literary heritage after it turned up in a nearby house—even though the library branch it originally belonged to had shut down decades earlier.
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