Ring Lardner Books

Easton Press Ring Lardner books:
Ring Around The Bases - 1996

Franklin Library Ring Lardner books:
Round Up - 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature - 1977
Round Up - Collected Stories of the World's Greatest Writers - 1981

Ringgold Wilmer Lardner (1885-1935) was an American short story writer who was born in Niles Michigan. From 1907 to 1919 Ring Lardner was a columnist and sports reporter on newspapers in Chicago, St. Louis, Boston, and New York City. Ring Lardner first attracted attention as a writer of fiction with a series of humorous magazine stories about a young baseball player trying to win a place on a professional baseball team. These short stories, written in the slangy language of baseball, were later published as a book under the title You Know me, Al; a Busher's Letters (1916). In a number of later books, including Treat 'Em Rough (1918)and the book The Big Town (1921), Ring Lardner depicted the life of ordinary Americans with satirical humor. In the books of the last decade of Ring Lardner's life, his humor become more disillusioned and bitter. Ring Lardner's tales of boxers, salesmen, theatrical people, and American song writers display his thorough knowledge of their characters and keen ear for the phraseology and accents of ordinary American speech. The first of Ring Lardner's books of mordant and realistic short stories was How to Write Short Stories (1924); other collections of short stories are What of It (1925), The Love Nest (1926), and The Round Up (1929), a collection of his short stories.

Rind Lardner also wrote an autobiography The Story of a Wonderful Man (1927); and, with playwright George S. Kaufman, June Moon (1929), a satirical play about American song writers.

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