American Original: A Life of Will Rogers

Oxford University Press, 1996 M04 25 - 320 páginas
Hailed by The New York Times as "America's Aristophanes," Will Rogers was one of this century's most astute and beloved humorists. If as he often remarked, he never met a man he didn't like, it is also true that Rogers never met a man he didn't like to make fun of. Everyone from congressmen and Presidents to Hollywood movie moguls and wealthy industrialists bore the brunt of his gently lacerating wit--and seemed, mostly, to be charmed in the process. So popular did Rogers become--through dozens of films, a daily column that ran for nine years in newspapers across the country, and countless lectures and stage performances--that he was often urged to run for Congress and even the Presidency. Upon receiving a mock appointment as Congressman-at-Large for the whole United States, Rogers protested, "I regret the disgrace that's been thrust upon me here tonight. I've tried to live my whole life so that I would never become a congressman." In American Original, Ray Robinson chronicles the trajectory of Will Rogers' remarkable life. Written with engaging immediacy and filled with a wealth of delightful anecdotes, this lively portrait follows Rogers from his childhood in the Indian Territory of what is now Oklahoma, to his first spellbinding lariat performances in the Wild West shows (where he would often lasso prominent audience members and drag them on stage), to his stardom in vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies, to his early silent movies and the later "talkies," and finally to his astonishing influence as a "cowboy philosopher" columnist read by over 40 million Americans. Far more than other biographers, Robinson excels at conveying Rogers' impact as a political commentator ("I belong to no organized political party. I am a Democrat.") and his great success as an actor in Hollywood, where he was the leading star of Fox Films. And along the way, Robinson paints a vibrant portrait of one of America's most colorful eras. We follow the early evolution of modern entertainment, enjoy vivid snapshots of W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Florenz Ziegfeld, Eddie Cantor, Samuel Goldwyn, Shirley Temple, and John Ford, and, perhaps most important, witness the major political events of the era through Will Rogers' uniquely perceptive eyes. American Original succeeds most appealingly in bringing Will Rogers before us with all the spontaneity, intimacy, and honesty of a live performance. In it we are given front row seats to the life of a character unabashedly American and unforgettably original.

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A veteran sportswriter (Matty, 1993, etc.) goes a bit afield with still another biography of all-star entertainer Will Rogers. He was simply a natural. With his vaunted wit, Rogers (18791935 ... Leer comentario completo

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1 The Indian Problem
2 Civil War
3 Childhood
4 Roamin Free
5 A New Century
6 Home Againfor a Minute
7 Vaudeville Days
11 The Celluloid Coast
12 Kidding the Famous
13 Travelin Man
14 The Ranch
15 I Was Never Sorry Movies Started To Talk
16 Political Adventures
17 The Last Flight

8 Will Marries Betty
9 Best Pal
10 Mr Ziegfeld
More Wit and Wisdom
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Página 267 - The Income Tax has made more Liars out of the American people than Golf has. Even when you make one out on the level, you don't know when it's through if you are a Crook or a Martyr.
Página 11 - An act to regulate trade and intercourse with the Indian tribes, and to preserve peace on the frontiers...
Página 10 - Beyond the great river Mississippi, where a part of your nation has gone, your father has provided a country large enough for all of you, and he advises you to remove to it There your white brothers will not trouble you ; they will have no claim to the land, and you can live upon it, you and all your children, as long as the grass grows or the water runs, in peace and plenty. It will be yours for ever.
Página vi - Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of Humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
Página 11 - That all of that part of the United States west of the Mississippi River and not within the states of Missouri and Louisiana and the Territory of Arkansas...
Página 52 - I have always dealt honestly with everyone and think the world and all of you and all the folks, and will be among you all soon as happy as any one in the world, as then I can work and show the people that I am only spending what I make.
Página 203 - ... we are the first nation in the history of the world to go to the poorhouse in an automobile.
Página 8 - When I die, my epitaph, or whatever you call those signs on gravestones, is going to read, 'I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I hardly ever met a man I didn't like.
Página 266 - Talk about Presidential Timber. Why, man, they had whole Lumber yards of it here. There was so many being Nominated that some of the Men making the nominating Speeches had never even met the man they were nominating. I know they had not from the way they talked about them.

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Ray Robinson is a veteran magazine editor and sportswriter. He is the author of the widely acclaimed biography, Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time, Oh,Baby, I Love It!, with Tim McCarver, and Matty: An American Hero. He lives in New York City.

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