Will Rogers Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Rollins, Peter C. Will Rogers: A Bio-Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984, 282 p.

Includes biographical, bibliographical, and critical essays on Rogers, in addition to numerous lists of works by and about him.


Cooke, Alistair. "Will Rogers." One Man's America, pp. 173-80. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952.

Fond reminiscence.

Croy, Homer. Our Will Rogers. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1953, 377 p.

Account by a personal friend of Rogers's that attempts to present his life truthfully, "mole and all."

Day, Donald. Will Rogers: A Biography. New York: David McKay, 1962, 370 p.

Biographical examination of Rogers's "Americanness," attempts to place his life and career within their historical contexts.

Love, Paula McSpadden, ed. The Will Rogers Book. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1961, 218 p.

Compilation of Rogers's statements on various topics.

Payne, William Howard, and Lyons, Jake G., eds. Folks Say of Will Rogers: A Memorial Anecdote. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1936, 224 p.

Compilation of reminiscences about Rogers.

Yagoda, Ben. Will Rogers: A Biography. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993, 409 p.

Extensive biographical account with copious notes and documentation.


Lucas, E. V. "Three American Humorists." Only the Other Day: A Volume of Essays, pp. 95-105. London: Methuen, 1936.

British perspective on Rogers's personality. Lucas also discusses Artemus Ward and Josh Billings.

Smallwood, James M. "Will Rogers of Oklahoma: Spokesman for the 'Common Man.'" Journal of the West 27, No. 2 (April 1988): 45-9.

Overview of Rogers's life and career.

Wertheim, Arthur Frank, ed. Will Rogers at the Ziegfeld Follies. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1992, 268 p.

Compilation of Rogers's writings during the time he was performing on Broadway.

Additional coverage of Rogers's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Gale Research: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 105, 144; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 11; DISCovering Authors (Multicultural); and Native North American Literature.