I was thrilled to read your article about Will James, "Endpapers: Come Back, Will, Come Back!" (Book Review, March 12). So very interesting as I did not know about his sad fate in life having died so young by drinking himself to death.
I just happen to have in my possession "Smokey, the Cowhorse"! The book has to be about 44 to 45 years old. It is in pretty good condition considering how many times I have packed it.
Mr. Love, you have made me happy also to read about something that brought back so many memories of my dear, beloved dad who has now left me many years ago, but I will always have his knowledge and his quote:
"It is not what you read, but what you are able to retain--that is what makes a good story writer."
JANIS A. GAGE