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Will James, the gilt edged cowboy

Author: Anthony A Amaral
Publisher: Los Angeles : Westernlore Press, 1967.
Series: Great West and Indian series, 34.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Will James has been dead for more than two decades, but the books that flowed so prolifically from his pen, and his great gift as painter and illustrator, still keep his name perpetually alive. James' writing, either in fiction, or serious study, possessed the vernacular and earthy grain of the cow-camp and the sweep and flavor of the open range. From the first word he ever wrote for publication, from the first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Amaral, Anthony A., 1930-
Will James, the gilt edged cowboy.
Los Angeles, Westernlore Press, 1967
(OCoLC)651758740
Named Person: Will James; Will James; Will James
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony A Amaral
OCLC Number: 1168320
Notes: Published in 1980 under title: Will James, the last cowboy legend.
Description: xvi, 206 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Great West and Indian series, 34.
Responsibility: by Anthony Amaral.

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Will James has been dead for more than two decades, but the books that flowed so prolifically from his pen, and his great gift as painter and illustrator, still keep his name perpetually alive. James' writing, either in fiction, or serious study, possessed the vernacular and earthy grain of the cow-camp and the sweep and flavor of the open range. From the first word he ever wrote for publication, from the first sketch he ever produced, rings the authenticity of a man who truly has known the West. There is no doubt that Will James was the cowboy genius. But, since his untimely death in 1942, every attempt to run down the facts of life pertaining to this taciturn and silent novelist and artist, has met with failure on the part of the biographer. His Lone Cowboy, universally accepted as the autobiography of Will James, has just as universally fell apart when placed under the glass of scholarly scrutiny. The day Will James died, the riddle of Will James alive was as poignantly real as the day his first novel or first illustration appeared. To ferret out the story of the real Will James, Anthony Amaral emerges as a literary detective of the highest order. But the real story of the real Will James, as told in this remarkable biography, rivals any novel ever to come from the facile pen of James himself. While its candid portrayal will shock and surprise many who imagined they knew the Will James story, it in no way undermines the man's intrinsic greatness in the field of art and letters. Honest and understanding in the handling of the great revealment, Anthony Amaral has not sacrificed scholarship in telling the exciting story of this man's life -- Book jacket.

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