Ring Lardner (1885-1933) was an American author. His works include You Know Me, Al: A Busher's Letters (1916), How to Write Short Stories (1924), and The Love Nest and Other Stories (1926).
Life and Works
Lardner was born on March 6, 1885. He married in 1911, had four sons, and worked as a columnist. He was very accomplished as a columnist, compared to Mark Twain, admired by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and influential to Ernest Hemingway, but never wrote anything but columns and short stories and instead established the American sports column. He wrote many short stories, including the letters of a baseball player collected in You Know Me, Al: A Busher's Letters. He moved to New York to write more short stories, but was fighting tuberculosis, and September 25, 1933. His son, Ring Jr., became successful as a screenwriter, but was blacklisted.
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