Ring Lardner

Ring Lardner (Ringgold Wilmer Lardner), 1885–1933, American humorist and short-story writer, b. Niles, Mich. He was a sports reporter in Chicago, St. Louis, and Boston from 1907 to 1919. His first collection of short stories, You Know Me, Al (1916) revealed his talent for the racy sports idiom he made famous. Among his other early volumes of short stories are Gullible's Travels (1917) and Treat 'Em Rough (1918). With the publication of How to Write Short Stories (with Samples) (1924), Lardner's reputation as a satirist was established. Usually cynical and pessimistic, his stories are peopled by ordinary characters—baseball players, stenographers, barbers—who are stunningly revealed, often through their own conversation, as being stupid, dull, and vicious. His later story collections include What of It? (1925) and First and Last (1934). With George S. Kaufman he collaborated on the comedy June Moon (produced 1929).

See his Best Short Stories (1938, repr. 1957); his autobiography, The Story of a Wonder Man (1927, repr. 1975); biographies by D. Elder (1956) and J. Yardley (1984); studies by M. Geismar (1972) and E. Evans (1980); bibliography by M. J. Bruccoli and R. Layman (1976).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Ring Lardner: Selected full-text books and articles

Many Minds By Carl Van Doren Alfred A. Knopf, 1924
Librarian’s tip: "Beyond Grammar" by Ring W. Lardner begins on p. 167
Reading I've Liked: A Personal Selection Drawn from Two Decades of Reading and Reviewing By Clifton Fadiman Simon and Schuster, 1941
Librarian’s tip: "The Love Nest" by Ring Lardner begins on p. 410
Ring Lardner and the Other By Douglas Robinson Oxford US, 1992
Ring Lardner: A Biography By Donald Elder Doubleday, 1956
The Main Stream By Stuart Pratt Sherman C. Scribner's Sons, 1927
Librarian’s tip: "Ring Lardner: Hard-Boiled Americans" begins on p. 168
The Reader's Role in Ring Lardner's Rhetoric By Cowlishaw, Brian T Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 31, No. 2, Spring 1994
Hired Pens: Professional Writers in America's Golden Age of Print By Ronald Weber Ohio University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Ring Lardner begins on p. 166
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature By Dorothy Nyren; Dorothy Nyren Frederick Ungar, 1960 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Lardner, Ring (1885-1933)" begins on p. 276
A Sourcebook of American Literary Journalism: Representative Writers in an Emerging Genre By Thomas B. Connery Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Ring Lardner" begins on p. 161
I Hear America ...: Literature in the United States since 1900 By Vernon Loggins Biblo and Tannen, 1967
Librarian’s tip: "Ring Lardner" begins on p. 296
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