Ring Lardner

From Illinois Authors
Jump to: navigation, search

General Information

Lardner Ring.jpg
Name: Ring Lardner

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

Illinois Connection

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).

Published Works

  • 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 at Your Library

Regular fellows I have met,

ASIN: B0008644BC
Release Date: 1919

How to write Short Stories

ISBN: 0722231075
Release Date: 2008-02-18

Find on World Cat

Ring Around the Bases: The Complete Baseball Stories of Ring Lardner

ISBN: 1570035318
Release Date: 2003-10-01

Find on World Cat

Ring Lardner: Selected Stories (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

ISBN: 0141180188
Release Date: 1997-05-01

Find on World Cat

Literary Awards

  • Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

External Links

Ring Lardner on WorldCat


This page can only be edited by Illinois Center for the Book staff, this author or this author's representatives. Please contact us for access.