American Original: A Life of Will Rogers by Ray Robinson

By Ray Robinson

Hailed through The big apple Times as "America's Aristophanes," Will Rogers used to be certainly one of this century's so much astute and liked humorists. If as he frequently remarked, he by no means met a guy he did not like, it's also real that Rogers by no means met a guy he did not prefer to make enjoyable of. everybody from congressmen and Presidents to Hollywood motion picture moguls and filthy rich industrialists bore the brunt of his lightly lacerating wit--and appeared, generally, to be charmed within the strategy. So well known did Rogers become--through dozens of movies, an everyday column that ran for 9 years in newspapers around the kingdom, and numerous lectures and level performances--that he used to be usually instructed to run for Congress or even the Presidency. Upon receiving a ridicule appointment as Congressman-at-Large for the complete usa, Rogers protested, "I remorse the shame that is been thrust upon me right here this night. i have attempted to dwell my complete existence in order that i might by no means turn into a congressman."
In American Original, Ray Robinson chronicles the trajectory of Will Rogers' extraordinary existence. Written with attractive immediacy and jam-packed with a wealth of pleasant anecdotes, this vigorous portrait follows Rogers from his early life within the Indian Territory of what's now Oklahoma, to his first spellbinding lariat performances within the Wild West indicates (where he could usually lasso trendy viewers participants and drag them on stage), to his stardom in vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies, to his early silent video clips and the later "talkies," and eventually to his marvelous impact as a "cowboy thinker" columnist learn through over forty million americans. excess of different biographers, Robinson excels at conveying Rogers' influence as a political commentator ("I belong to no geared up political celebration. i'm a Democrat.") and his nice luck as an actor in Hollywood, the place he was once the major big name of Fox movies. And alongside the best way, Robinson paints a colourful portrait of 1 of America's such a lot colourful eras. We keep on with the early evolution of contemporary leisure, get pleasure from shiny snapshots of W.C. Fields, Charlie Chaplin, Florenz Ziegfeld, Eddie Cantor, Samuel Goldwyn, Shirley Temple, and John Ford, and, possibly most vital, witness the foremost political occasions of the period via Will Rogers' uniquely perceptive eyes.
American Original succeeds such a lot appealingly in bringing Will Rogers earlier than us with all of the spontaneity, intimacy, and honesty of a concert. In it we're given entrance row seats to the lifetime of a personality unabashedly American and unforgettably unique.

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Clem, at the age of twenty-six, discovered that he had lost everything. His slaves and cattle were gone, his land was now a wilderness, his house was destroyed. But he did have a new daughter, Sallie, born in 1863, plus his indomitable nature. He wanted to get back to ranching as soon as he could— but he needed money for that; so he hired a Cherokee youth to farm his land in Fort Gibson, and he went to work for a store owner named Oliver Lipe. For two arduous years, he drove a six-mule freight wagon from Kansas City to Sedalia and on to Fort Gibson.

When Will came to dismount, Comanche would act up again, so someone would have to be around to get a grip on him. Mary never stopped worrying about Will; she would be alarmed and cover her face with her hands. " But Clem knew the horse was gentle, if somewhat shy. He also knew Will was fearless. " Not long after Comanche became his personal property, Will was permitted to go on roundups, but always under close supervision. Clem may have been an indulgent father but he certainly wasn't a darn fool.

It was a one-room shack used as an outpost for line 36 * AMERICAN ORIGINAL riders. Plenty of grub was stored there and over in the corner was a nice bed and plenty of good blankets. I knew that my old horse had run away, so I started out to get my saddle and outfit and bring 'em back. But I hadn't gone very far when I saw this old jug-headed pony grazing around as good as ever . . This was typical of the kind of experience that Will relished. He might have stayed forever, doing that sort of thing, living out there with his horses and nature, if it hadn't been for a third incident that almost cost him his young life.

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