Category Archives: reference book articles by Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith, “Leo Durocher”; “Wesley Branch Rickey”


Leo Durocher – Notable Sports Figures

Branch Rickey – Notable Sports Figures


I am reposting here two articles (downloadable Word files above) I wrote in 2004 for Notable Sports Figures (published by the educational publishing company Gale) about two Hall of Fame baseball figures, Leo (The Lip) Durocher and Branch Rickey.

The word limit was very strict — 3,500 words — and both articles came in at almost exactly that length. Published authors writing for hire (for, say, newspapers or reference books) know how it can be a challenge to cover the topic and write prose that reads well while adhering to such a limit. The amount of research I did was extensive. People don’t usually realize or appreciate how much spade work goes into such a piece.


— Roger W. Smith

   December 2020

Roger W. Smith, Current Biography




Le Roy Ladurie



Posted here (above) are four articles which I wrote for the reference book Current Biography:

Chaim Potok


Current Biography, May 1983


A.J.P. Taylor


Current Biography, November 1983


Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie


Current Biography, July 1984


Fernand Braudel


Current Biography, April 1985


Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith, articles published in “A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia”


Roger W. Smith, articles, ‘A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia’


by Roger W. Smith:

“Notes on Life”

“Street and Smith”

“The Supernatural”

A Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia

edited by Keith Newlin

Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003

pp. 285-287, 352-354, 356-358

Roger W. Smith, articles, “The Annual Obituary” (St. Martin’s Press)


Roger W. Smith, articles, The Annual Obituary (St. Martin’s Press)


Early in my professional writing career, I  wrote twelve obituaries of famous persons (PDF above), English and American, for this reference book in its initial year of publication.


— Roger W. Smith

   November 2015