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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ring Lardner  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: March 6, 1885 in Niles, Michigan

Died: September 25, 1933

-- Ring Lardner on WorldCat --

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Ring around the bases :
ISBN: 1570035318. OCLC Number:

University of South Carolina Press,. Columbia, S.C. :. ©2003.

Selected stories /
ISBN: 0141180188. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York :. 1997.

Ring Lardner's humor, quirky imagination, and ear for the American vernacular endeared him to such formidable critics as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, V.S. Pritchett, and Virginia Woolf. A newspaperman who began as a sports reporter and almost accidentally stumbled into short-story writing, Lardner meticulously captured the way Americans really speak. In You Know Me Al (1916), he created one of the most enduring characters in American fiction, the semi-literate baseball player Jack Keefe.


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