THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILL ROGERS by Donald- Ed. Day

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILL ROGERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

His own story in his own words through a skillful selection from his writings proves again the enormous vitality of Will Rogers. It is just possible- and his publishers are banking on it- that his memory is green enough after fourteen years, and the nostalgic memories that name conjures up, to supply a surprise market. Anyhow, watch it.... Rogers was a grass roots humorist who pierced the facade of 20th century society and spoke and wrote the truth as he saw it without fear or favor. The selections take the reader from his boyhood life in the west, through the fabulous days of the Follies- his travels around the world and his cutting down to size the pompous powers that would be- his Hollywood experiences -- his observations on the world situation, that still carry weight- his political ideas too honest for politics -- and finally his trip to Alaska with Wiley Post which ended in his death. In a way this has advantages over the routine type of autobiography for a personality like Will Rogers, in that it is utterly lacking in self-consciousness. Even the corniness is spontaneous. For a special market.

Pub Date: Oct. 13th, 1949
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin