Will Rogers was an American icon. This biography, the first to be written with complete access to his letters and unpublished writings, serves as a vivid portrait of a nation in motion, from the last years of the Indian Wars through the Great Depression. 46 photos.Will Rogers was an American icon. This biography, the first to be written with complete access to his letters and unpublished writings, serves as a vivid portrait of a nation in motion, from the last years of the Indian Wars through the Great Depression. 46 photos.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 1993-07-26 Born in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), cowboy humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935) had a ``dual consciousness,'' in Yagoda's estimate. The rope-twirling vaudeville monologist, salty political commentator, silent film actor and New York Times columnist was the son of a former slaveholder and Confederate veteran, but he was also one-quarter Cherokee and the tribe vividly remembered Andrew Jackson's massive betrayal of the Cherokees. Rogers embodied old-time values, yet he ``opportunistically'' embraced the new mass-culture media. Apostle of decency, he headlined in the ``all-but-pornographic'' Ziegfeld Follies. Yagoda, a University of Delaware assistant professor of English, has written the fullest biography of this American icon, a resonant portrait imbued with Rogers's irreverent spirit, yet attuned to both the strengths and limitations of his commonsense, crackerbarrel world view. Sam Goldwyn, W. C. Fields, Charles Lindbergh, Calvin Coolidge, FDR and Mussolini stride through these pages. Photos. (Sept.)
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