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Ring Lardner - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Ring Lardner

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Ring Lardner, author of June Moon, You Know Me Al, and Gullible's Travels; playwright / dramatist and essayist; twentieth century American Literature and drama
Ring Lardner   (1885 - 1933)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  March 6, 1885
Niles, Michigan, United States
 
Died:  September 25, 1933
 
Related authors:
Damon Runyon, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ring Lardner Jr., The Saturday Evening Post
 
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Ring Lardner - LIFE STORIES
 
 
8/19/1915     At Home With the Ring Lardners
On this day in 1915 Ring Lardner Jr. was born. Though Lardner's adult fame was earned -- screenplay Oscars for Woman of the Year (1942) and M*A*S*H (1970), the novel The Ecstasy of Owen Muir (1954); blacklisting as one of McCarthy's "Hollywood Ten" -- he met the public early, often and hilariously in his father's daily column, usually as "Bill."
9/25/1933     Talking Ring Lardner
On this day in 1933 Ring Lardner died at the age of forty-eight, from a heart attack, tuberculosis and the cumulative effects of alcoholism. Lardner's wide-eyed, bush-league and "wise boob" characters made him the toast of the sports pages and popular magazines, and introduced "talk" as the "specifically American contribution to literature."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Haircut and Other Stories
anthology, fiction
 
Lardner on Baseball
by Ring Lardner, Jeff Silverman (Editor)
non-fiction
 
Lardner on War
by Ring Lardner, Jeff Silverman (Editor)
guide, non-fiction
 
Letters of Ring Lardner
by Ring Lardner, Clifford M. Caruthers (Editor)
letters
 
Ring Around Max: The Correspondence of Ring Lardner and Maxwell Perkins
by Clifford M. Caruther (Editor), Ring Lardner, Maxwell Perkins
letters
 
The Annotated Baseball Stories of Ring W. Lardner, 1914-1919
by Ring Lardner, George W. Hilton (Editor)
non-fiction
 
You Know Me Al: A Busher's Letters
non-fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Ring Lardner and the Other
by Douglas Robinson, Ellen Gardiner
literary criticism
 
Ring: A Biography of Ring Lardner
by Jonathan Yardley
biography
 
The Annotated Baseball Stories of Ring W. Lardner, 1914-1919
by George W. Hilton (Editor), Ring W. Lardner
non-fiction, journalism
 
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Classic Reader
Find electronic texts short stories including "Alibi Ike," "The Golden Honeymoon," "Harmony," "Horseshoes," and "My Roomy."
Lardnermania
Find a chronological timeline of events in the writer's life, a brief review of Lardner's connections to such writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, an annotated bibliography, excerpts from Bib Ballads, The Young Immigrunts, and Alibi Ike, and annotated notes on critical resources for the study of the Lardner's life and works which includes magazine articles and journals, books, and dissertations and theses.

"Ring Lardner was one of the most successful writers of the 1920s, enjoying the rare combination of critical and popular approval of his work. From his beginnings as a sports journalist to his later work as a humorist, recorder of the slang vernacular, and satirist, Lardner distinguished himself as one of the best writers in these genres, earning himself a permanent place in the history of American letters. ... One of the most recognizable traits of much of Ring Lardner's writing, both in his columns and in his fiction, is the use of the American slang vernacular. ... His practice of 'listening hard' to those around him enabled him to portray the language of uneducated baseball players, aspiring musicians, and Jazz Age flirts, which fill the pages of his writing, in a realistic manner."
Ring Lardner, Sr.
Find a short biography, with pictures of the journalist and his wife, Ellis Abbott.

"In 1919 something happened that changed his way of reporting about sports and changed his love for baseball. This was the Black Sox scandal when the Chicago White Sox sold out the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Ring was exceptionally close to the White Sox and felt he was betrayed by the team. After the scandal, Ring always wrote about sports as if there were some kink to the outcome. Through his entire life, Ring tried to be a great songwriter and playwright. Unfortunately, few producers thought his works were worth noting. The only play of his that gained any real popularity was June Moon, which is still performed today. Many of his songs were flops as well...."
The New York Review of Books
A 1963 review of The Ring Lardner Reader explores the cynicism and humor that permeates Lardner's writing.

"Vanity, greed, and cruel humor are the themes of Lardner's stories. The lack of self-knowledge is made up for by a dizzy readiness with cheap alibis. No group or class seems better than another; there is a democracy of cheapness and shallowness. Lies are at the core of nearly every character he produces for us. The only fear is being caught out, exposed to the truth. Love cannot exist because the moment it runs into trouble the people lie about their former feelings. Because of the habit of lying, it is a world without common sense. The tortured characters are not always victims. They may be ruined and made fun of, but they have the last word. They bite the leg that kicks them."
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