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University of Oklahoma Press, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 486 pages

The stage career of Will Rogers, one of America's most influential humorists, began to take shape during the years covered by this documentary history, the second volume in The Papers of Will Rogers.

Between 1904 and 1908, Rogers made the transition from Wild West shows to the vaudeville stage. During these early years, he developed and polished his act, blending his homespun humor with his cowboy skills of roping and horseback riding to the delight of his audience. At the same time he began courting Betty Blake, his future wife. Their on-again, off-again relationship matured as Rogers was realizing his goal of making a career in show business.

Along with Rogers's personal correspondence, Arthur Frank Wertheim and Barbara Bair present theater programs, performance reviews, and newspaper clippings, all providing detailed snapshots of vaudeville at the beginning of the twentieth century. Much of this material, gleaned from private collections, interviews, and theater-arts collections in New York City and across the country, has never before been published in any form.

 

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Contents

CHRONOLOGY APRIL 1904SEPTEMBER 1908
9
EDITORIAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
23
Introduction
39
Documents April 1904May 1905
56
Program
59
Sept 1904 Scrapbook Clipping
79
April 1905 Clipping from Will Rogerss Scrapbook
107
April 1905 Clipping from Will Rogerss Scrapbook
117
Feb 1906 To Maud Lane
261
Introduction
273
March 1906 To Betty Blake
277
April 1906 To Betty Blake
286
Introduction
303
April 1907 London Palace Clippings from Will Rogerss
362
Sept 1907 Reviews of The Girl Rangers
371
Sept 1907 Vaudeville Notes
380

Introduction
127
THE TRAINING GROUND
137
June 1905 Keith Circuit Contract
144
June 1905 To Sister and Family
154
June 1905 Review from the Philadelphia Item
163
July 1905 To Clement Vann Rogers
177
Aug 1905 From Sam A Scribner
183
Aug 1905 Chases Theatre Vaudeville Contract
190
Oct 1905 To Sisters
206
March 1908 To Betty Blake
405
May 1908 To Clement Vann Rogers
413
Introduction
417
June 1908 To Clement Vann Rogers
424
July 1908 Clipping from Will Rogerss Scrapbook
449
NAME INDEX
461
BIBLIOGRAPHY
535
INDEX OF PERFORMERS AND ACTS
561
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Barbara Bair is Associate Editor of the Jane Addams Papers Project, History Department, Duke University. She is coeditor of "The Papers of Will Rogers: Volume One, November 1879-April 1904" & "The Papers of Will Rogers: Wild West & Vaudeville, April 1904-September 1908, Volume Two" (University of Oklahoma Press). She has taught & published widely in American cultural history.