The Papers of Will Rogers: The final years, August 1928-August 1935
This fifth and final volume of The Papers of Will Rogers traces the career of Oklahoma’s beloved entertainer during his most popular years and extends beyond his death in 1935.
By 1928, the Oklahoma humorist and commentator had reached national prominence through his newspaper columns, silent films, sound recordings, books, philanthropic endeavors, and lecture tours. His fame, fortune, and influence, however, had yet to crest. This volume showcases a wide variety of documents, including correspondence with some of the most significant figures of the day, revealing Rogers’s rise to fame as the nation’s leading social and political commentator and as a hugely popular star of radio, stage, and film.
Rogers’s multifaceted career ended abruptly when he and the famous aviator Wylie Post died in an airplane crash in northernmost Alaska. This documentary history of his final years includes transcripts of radio broadcasts, contracts, and business documents, as well as nearly two hundred telegrams and letters to family, friends, and notable public figures—the majority of which have never before been published. It also covers the aftermath of his fatal airplane accident: the certificate of death, a first-person account of his funeral, settlement of his estate, efforts to pay tribute to his memory, and unauthorized attempts to capitalize on his fame.
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The commencement of this six-volume set of the papers of Will Rogers, edited by veterans of several projects documenting American studies and performing arts, is indicative of his emergence as probably the most studied entertainer in recent memory. The book contains all of Rogers's extant letters from the period, many letters to him, genealogical and school records, and a few reviews of his early performances. The documents are divided thematically, and each section is prefaced by a substantial introductory exposition. Virtually every personal place or place name mentioned is explained in a note, and the major figures are listed in a biographical appendix. The many illustrations add spice, and the book as a whole is far more interesting than most such collections. A good choice, particularly for academic libraries.--Fritz Buckallew, Univ. of Central Oklahoma Lib., Edmond
CHRONOLOGY AUGUST 1928AUGUST 1935
EDITORIAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
SYMBOLS AND ABBREVIATIONS
June 1932 Telegram from Amon G Carter
July 1932 To Herbert C Hoover
Oct 1932 Notes for Speech
Nov 1932 To Sallie Rogers McSpadden
Dec 1932 Notes for Speech
April 1934 Draft of Telegram from Eugene ONeill
FROM MOTION PICTURES TO RADIO
Oct 1929 From Hamlin Garland
April 1930 Notes for Speech at Dedication of Pioneer
May 1930 Notes for Radio Broadcast
May 1930 V V McNitt to Adolph S Ochs
DEPRESSION AND DROUGHT
April 1932 Notes for Remarks at Motion Picture Premiere
May 1932 Notes for Radio Broadcast
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