Above is a photo of the book Psychology: A Briefer Course by William James. This specific, leather bound, limited edition, top 100 greatest Masterpieces of American literature book was published from The Franklin Library in 1983 (Wease, 2006). This book is a complex condensation of James’s larger work The Principles of Psychology. The larger work contains twenty-eight chapters and nearly 1,400 pages; it touched on all of the major topics of psychology, including brain function, habit, the stream of thought, the self, attention, association, memory, sensation, imagination, perception, instinct, the emotions, will, and hypnotism (Fancher & Rutherford, 2012). In 1892, James shortened his textbook into a single volume of 297 pages. James made many revisions and added several chapters on the physiology of the senses that helped connect his psychology with the other sciences of the period. The shorter work was informally called “Jimmy,” to distinguish it from the larger work “James.” Originally published in 1892, it was soon widely adopted in many colleges and universities and was soon the textbook by which thousands of students were instructed psychology as an empirical natural science. Psychology: Briefer Course is the twelfth title and fourteenth volume in the works of William James. It represents James’s final intentions as an authoritative text. After more than ninety years it is still a valuable and extremely readable resource to the introduction of psychology. It is such an immense influence in the academic movement that helped in the establishment of psychology as an independent discipline, separate from philosophy (James, 1983).