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H. L. Mencken
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The story of Will Rogers has been told before, by Ben Yagoda in a 1993 biography. Rogers, the son of a former slaveholder and Confederate veteran, one-quarter Cherokee with no more than a 10th-grade education, began his career wandering the world before becoming the headliner of the Ziegfeld Follies and columnist for the New York Times. But as Richard D. White Jr. argues in this fine book, Rogers was closer to political power than the average journalist.
''There are five kinds of actresses," wrote Mark Twain. "Bad actresses, fair actresses, good actresses, great actresses - and then there is Sarah Bernhardt." Among those who agreed were Sigmund Freud, D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Lytton Stratchey. Her romances were famous; lovers included Napolean III, Edward the Prince of Wales and Victor Hugo.