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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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Regular fellows I have met,
ISBN: B0008644BC

Carbery & Reed. 1919

How to write Short Stories
ISBN: 0722231075

Library Reprints. 2008

Ring Around the Bases: The Complete Baseball Stories of Ring Lardner
ISBN: 1570035318

University of South Carolina Press. 2003

This collection of fiction by writer, critic and sports editor Ring Lardner celebrates the American pastime of baseball.

Ring Lardner: Selected Stories (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
ISBN: 0141180188

Penguin Classics. 1997

This collection brings together twenty-one of Lardner’s best pieces, including the six Jack Keefe stories that comprise You Know Me, Al, as well as such familiar favorites as “Alibi Ike,” “Some Like Them Cold,” and “Guillible’s Travels.”

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


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