Born Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault in the province of Quebec on June 6, 1892, Will James, like other young men before him, left home as a teenager to live out his dream of becoming a cowboy in the American West. A rustling incident landed him in a Nevada prison in 1915, where James turned to his artwork to convince the parole board of his worth. Freed on parole, James went on to write and illustrate 24 books and numerous magazine articles about cowboys, horses and the West. Torn between his attachment to the simple life of a cowboy and the demands of being a popular author, James turned to alcohol for solace, causing him to lose his wife, his ranch, and, in 1942, at the age of fifty, his life.
A classic collection of eight cowboy stories, now available in a new edition for the first time in decades. COWBOYS NORTH AND SOUTH showcases Will James's talent for capturing the lifestyle and picturesque vernacular of the American cowboy.
"All the life of the true cow-puncher, his work, his amusements, the capture and taming of the mustang or wild horse, the riding and the roping." (Chicago Post)