Pen Name: None
Born: March 6, 1885 in Niles, Michigan
Died: September 25, 1933
Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building
"A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed, envelope big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to teh editor." - Ring Lardner, How to Write Short Stories
Ring Lardner was a sportswriter and columnist in Chicago. He wrote for several Chicago newspapers from 1907 through 1932.
Biographical and Professional Information
Ring Lardner was an American sports columnist and short story writer best known for his satirical takes on the sports world, marriage and the theatre. He began his career as a sportswriter in Chicago and started in fiction with a series of stories about a baseball player named Jack Keefe. These stories, some of which were collected in You Know Me Al, already demonstrate Lardner's gift for dark, sardonic satire and his sharp ear for American colloquial speech. Later collections include How to Write Short Stories (1924) and The Love Nest and Other Stories (1926). He was also a successful playwright, collaborating with such Broadway legends as George M. Cohan on Elmer the Great (1928) and George S. Kaufman on June Mood (1929).
- Regular Fellows I Have Met, Wilmont, 1919
- The Big Town, How I and the Mrs. Go to New York to See Life and Get Katie a Husband, Bobbs-Merrill, 1921
- How to Write Short Stories, Scribner, 1925
- What of It, Scribner, 1925
- The Love Nest and Other Stories by Ring W. Lardner, Scribner, 1926
- Elmer the Great, 1928
- Round-Up, The Stories of Ring W. Lardner, Scribner, 1929
- June Moon, 1930
- Lose With a Smile, Scribner, 1933
- Ring Around the Bases, The Complete Baseball Stories of Ring Lardner, Macmillan, 1992
- Selected Stories, Penguin, 1997
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
How to write Short Stories
Release Date: 2008-02-18
Ring Around the Bases: The Complete Baseball Stories of Ring Lardner
Release Date: 2003-10-01
In 1990, his name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.
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