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Published: Oct 1 2003
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Ring Lardner and Matthew J. Bruccoli
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner (1885–1933) was a native of Niles, Michigan. Like most American writers of his generation, Lardner served his literary apprenticeship on newspapers. In 1905 he joined the South Bend Times in Indiana and reported on social and courthouse events, as well as serving as the drama critic and sports editor. In 1907 Lardner moved to Chicago, where he covered the Cubs and the White Sox for several newspapers including the Tribune, where in 1913 he took over the widely acclaimed column "In the Wake of the News." The following year he published his first work of magazine fiction—a busher story—in the Saturday Evening Post.
Matthew J. Bruccoli, the Emily Brown Jefferies Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, was the leading authority on the House of Scribner and its authors. He is the author of Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the editorial director of the Dictionary of Literary Biography.
"Ring Around the Bases: The Complete Baseball Stories of Ring Lardner is the baseball literary event of the year."—USA Today
"Break out the peanuts and Cracker Jacks, this collection provides the opportunity for a new generation of baseball aficionados to come home to Lardner's wonderful stories."—Booklist
"Read Lardner's baseball tales, and you'll be thrown into a world where, to use a cliché that has been hurled recklessly in recent years, the game truly becomes a metaphor for life."—People
"Lardner, who never wrote novels and never gained stature as a 'serious writer,' had an eye and an ear for the baseball player and his language, and that microcosm of American society has never been so clearly depicted. He knew their foibles, but also their warmth, and shows both, unlike so many of today's biographers and essayists, who either lionize or derogate. As a baseball writer, Ring Lardner still stands alone."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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