Biography: Ring Lardner

Ringgold Wilmer Lardner (March 6, 1885 – September 25, 1933) was an American sports columnist and short story writer best known for his satirical writings about sports, marriage, and theatre drama.

Ring Lardner
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Born Ringgold Wilmer Lardner
March 6, 1885
Niles, Michigan, USA
Died September 25, 1933 (aged 48)
East Hampton, New York, USA
Occupation Writer


Lardner was a good friend of F. Scott Fitzgerald and other authors of the Jazz Age. His books were published by Maxwell Perkins, who also served as Fitzgerald’s editor. To create his first book of short stories Lardner had to get copies from the magazines he had sold them to—- he held his own short stories in low regard and did not save copies.

Lardner was in some respects the model for the tragic character Abe North of Fitzgerald’s last completed novel, Tender Is the Night.

Lardner influenced Ernest Hemingway, who sometimes wrote articles for his high school newspaper using the pseudonym Ring Lardner, Jr.


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