Will James


Born
in Saint-Nazaire-d'Acton, Quebec, Canada
June 06, 1892

Died
September 03, 1942

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Will James (1892-1942), artist and writer of the American West, was born Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault. It was during his creative years everyone grew to know him as Will James. During the next several years, he drifted, worked at several jobs, was briefly jailed for cattle rustling, served in the army, and began selling his sketches and in 1922 sold his first writing, Bucking Horse Riders. The sale of several books followed.

An artist and author of books about the American west and, in particular, horses, Will James wrote the 1926 book "Smoky the Cowhorse". It was awarded the John Newbery Medal in 1927, and remains in print to this day. Several movie adaptations of the story have been created, including a 1933 version that included Will J
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Average rating: 3.97 · 6,533 ratings · 308 reviews · 47 distinct worksSimilar authors
Smoky the Cow Horse

3.95 avg rating — 5,989 ratings — published 1926 — 39 editions
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Lone Cowboy: My Life Story

4.29 avg rating — 79 ratings — published 1930 — 9 editions
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Sand

4.22 avg rating — 65 ratings — published 1929 — 8 editions
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Scorpion, a Good Bad Horse

4.24 avg rating — 46 ratings7 editions
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Horses I've Known

4.35 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2004 — 3 editions
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Big-Enough

4.26 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 1993 — 3 editions
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Cow Country

4.21 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1973 — 5 editions
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The Drifting Cowboy

4.36 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1995 — 4 editions
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Sun Up: Tales of the Cow Camps

4.38 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 1931 — 2 editions
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The American Cowboy

4.23 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2004 — 3 editions
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“For that pony had got tangled up in the cowboy's heartstrings a heap more than that cowboy wanted to let on, even to himself. He couldn't get away from how he missed him.”
Will James, Smoky the Cow Horse

“There was so much life wrapped up in that pony's hide that it was mighty hard for him to settle down and behave...he sometimes had to bust out and do things that wasn't at all proper...”
Will James, Smoky the Cow Horse

“The poor (horse) had sure got a reason to be mean, and I guess he's at the point where he figgers no human is his friend any more.”
Will James, Smoky the Cow Horse

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