Will James

Will James (June 6, 1892 – September 3, 1942) was an artist and writer of the American West. He is known for his cowboy stories and was also an accomplished illustrator. Born in Quebec, Canada, as Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, he later changed his name to Will James and claimed to be a native-born American. He became famous for his books and stories about cowboys and horses, including the classic 'Smoky the Cowhorse,' which won the Newbery Medal in 1927. His works reflect his own experiences as a cowboy and ranch hand in the western United States.


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  1. 1. The Principles of Psychology

    This comprehensive work delves into the complex subject of psychology and its fundamental principles. The author explores a wide range of topics including the functions of the brain, habits, the stream of consciousness, the self, attention, memory, and emotions. He combines philosophy and psychology to present a detailed analysis of human behavior and thought processes. The book is considered a classic in the field of psychology and continues to influence modern psychological theory.

  2. 2. The Varieties of Religious Experience

    This book is an exploration of the diverse range of religious experiences, from the mainstream to the mystical. The author applies a psychological and philosophical approach, examining the individual, personal experiences of spirituality rather than organized religion. The book covers topics such as conversion, saintliness, and mysticism, and argues that religious experiences, rather than religious institutions, should be the primary focus of religious study.

  3. 3. The Meaning of Truth

    "The Meaning of Truth" is a philosophical exploration of the concept of truth and its relation to the human experience. The author argues that truth is not an objective, static entity, but rather a fluid and subjective concept that changes based on individual perception and experience. He challenges traditional philosophical views on truth, asserting that truth is not discovered, but created by each individual. The book also delves into the author's own philosophy of pragmatism, which emphasizes the practical application of ideas by acting on them to actually test them in human experiences.

  4. 4. Smoky the Cowhorse

    "Smoky the Cowhorse" is a captivating tale about a mouse-colored horse named Smoky who is born in the wild but captured and trained as a cowhorse. The story follows Smoky's life journey, from his early days running free in the West, through his time as a working cowhorse, to his cruel treatment at the hands of a harsh owner, and finally his rescue and rehabilitation by a kind cowboy. The book offers a realistic portrayal of the life of a working horse in the American West, highlighting both the harsh realities and the deep bonds formed between horse and rider.