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Pen Name: Ring Lardner

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: March 6, 1885 in Niles, Michigan

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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).


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Awards

-- *Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2016

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