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American Original A Life of Will Rogers (Hardcover)

Author:  Ray Robinson
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0195086937
ISBN-13: 9780195086935
Sku: 30023830
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10H x 6.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  320
 
In American Original, Ray Robinson chronicles the trajectory of Will Rogers' remarkable life. 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.
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In American Original, Ray Robinson chronicles the trajectory of Will Rogers' remarkable life. 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.Follows the life of Will Rogers from his childhood in Oklahoma until his tragic death, describing his role as a "cowboy philosopher" and his remarkable influence on American life
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Robinson conveys Rogers' impact as a political commentator and his great success as an actor in Hollywood, where he was the lead star for Fox Films. Filled with a wealth of delightful anecdotes and many samples of Rogers' wit--such as "I belong to no organized political party. I am a Democrat"--this superb volume illuminates the life of an unabashedly American and unforgettably original character.

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New York Times
"I never met a Ray Robinson biography I didn't like, but this one beats all, a delight that gets behind the one-liners to turn an icon into a fascinating man of his times." - Robert Lipsyte
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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0320
Product attributePublisher:   Oxford University Press, USA
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