Will Rogers captured the hearts of Americans with his thoughtful political humor; his dedication to country, family and friends; and his amazing ability to speak truth to life's fundamentals. In this delightful new biography, author Joseph Carter covers the details of Rogers's family history, the many milestones in his professional life, and America's fascination with this incredible figure. Rogers's famous quotes and quips are woven throughout the book, making it a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish.
|Publisher:||Smith, Gibbs Publisher|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.51(d)|
|Age Range:||15 Years|
About the Author
Joseph H. Carter and his wife, Michelle, manage Oklahoma's nine-gallery Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore and 400-acre 1879 birthplace ranch near Oologah. Carter, a former White House speech writer, university vice president and newsman, wrote Never Met a Man I Didn't Like: The Life and Writings of Will Rogers, consulted in the opening of the Broadway musical The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, and assisted the University of Oklahoma in publishing the scholarly five-volume Papers of Will Rogers. Joseph and his wife live in Claremore, Oklahoma.
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All About Will
Election day, November 4, 1879, in the southeast corner room of a log-walled, colonial-style seven-room house, Mary America Schrimsher Rogers gave birth to the son of Clement Vann Rogers, their eighth and final child.
"I was born on Nov. 4, which is election day. . . . My birthday has made more men and sent more back to honest work than any other days in the year. "
Clement Vann Rogers and Mary America Schrimsher met while attending a boarding school in the Cherokee Nation capital of Tahlequah. Mary loved her studies, was refined, musically gifted and a Methodist. Clem despised school, was a hard-riding cattleman and commercially astute. They married and moved to his Cooweescoowee District ranch two years before the Civil War started.
The proud father dubbed the newborn Colonel William Penn Adair Rogers, as a salute to the Indian military leader who was his battalion commander during the terrible War Between the States. The Civil War that had ended fourteen years earlier had left stains of blood across the Cherokee Nation, where Indian clans and even cousins fought each other in a senseless battle fifteen hundred miles away.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An icon of American homespun political humor, Will Rogers was a much-loved artist at the time he died in a plane crash in Alaska. This small book is written by an expert on the life of Will Rogers. The first half includes a short biography of his life, interspersed with some of his quotes. The second half contains quotes listed under various categories. Reading his quotes, I can see how his brand of humor touched the heart of Americans of that period. Although I've not read this author before, this book, had the feeling of being but a compilation of pieces of the author's previous works. By the end, I didn't care for the book, and had just lukewarm favor for the artist.