|Nevins, Allan. "The American
Moron." Saturday Review of Literature 8
Compares Lardner's rise from
sports writing and humor to serious literature with the
similar rise of O. Henry and of Mark Twain.
|Overton, Grant. "Ring W.
Lardner's Bell Lettres." Bookman Sep. 1925:
||A tongue-in-cheek biographical
and semi-critical essay on Lardner and his work, written
in response to Scribner's 1925 publication of a uniform
edition of Lardner's major books, and notable for
information derived from an interview with Lardner.
Includes a portrait by Bertrand Zadig.
has a lively and humorous style and seems to enjoy and
respect Lardner. His physical descriptions of
Lardner, "the only quiet person in New York"
(46), are memorable. Insights gleened from an
interview with Lardner include Lardner's favorable
opinion of and help with Fitzgerald's The Great
Gatsby (45), Lardner's love for the baseball
"moron" he writes about (46), Lardner's
admitted inability to write a novel (46), and Lardner's
love of music (47). Overton gives a brief overview
of the books in the edition--You Know Me Al, Gullible's
Travels, The Big Town, How to Write
Short Stories, and What of It? (48-49) and
makes specific comments about "Champion" from How
to Write Short Stories (46), the nonsense plays from
What of It? (47) (Lardner denies writing them to
satirize the Moscow Art Theatre, saying he has written
them long before there was such a thing and also noting
that "plays are among the very few things he enjoys
writing") (47), "The Golden Honeymoon"
from How to Write Short Stories (47), and
"Some Like Them Cold" from How to Write
Short Stories (48-49). He also gives a brief
overview of the major critical response to Lardner
(Stallings, Rascoe, Mencken, Broun, and Barrie) which he
describes as mostly "apple sauce" (49).
|Payne, Kenneth. "Ring Lardner's
'The Love Nest': Illusion, Reality, and the Movie
||International Fiction Review
16.2 (Summer 1989): 103-5.
A short but well documented
analysis of "The Love Nest" as a case study
"in how the 'abusive' manipulator of discourse
effectively succeeds in imposing his own interpretation
of reality" in Lardner's fiction.
|Pellow, C. Kenneth. "Ring Lardner: Absurdist
Ahead of His Time." Aethlon 6.2 (1989):
|Phelps, Donald. "Shut Up, He Explained." Shenandoah
29.4 (1978): 84-100.
|Pritchett, V.S. "The Talent of Ring
Lardner." New Statesman 25 April 1959:
||Posits that talk "is the American
contribution to literature" and that Lardner is a
master of its use
|Pughe, Thomas. "Sense in Nonsense: Ring
Lardner's Playlets as Aesthetic Adventures." Revue
||Francaise d'Etudes Americaines 13.37
(July 1988): 195-214.
|Robinson, Douglas. "Ring
Lardner's Dual Audience and The Capitalist Double
||Literary History 4 (Summer
Explains reactions of Lardner's dual
audience--the hoi polloi and the intelligentsia--as being
different reactions within the same social context of
twentieth century capitalist culture; offers a useful
tool to examine these reactions--his five-step model of
the double-bind that ties society to a certain system.
|Salpeter, Harry. "The Boswell of
New York." The Bookman LXXXI (July 1930):
||One of many reports that Lardner denied
he was a satirist, saying that he just listened closely.
|Shyer, Laurence and Ring Lardner, Jr. "American
Absurd: Two Nonsense Plays by George S.
||Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, and Ring
Lardner." Theater 9.2 (1978): 119-21.
by K & R's "Something New," 122-24, &
L's "The Gelska Cup," 126-27, with introduction
by Ring Lardner, Jr., 125.
|Schwartz, Delmore. "Ring Lardner: Highbrow in
Hiding." Reporter 9 Aug. 1956: 52-54.
||Reaction to Elder's biography; says this
work "ought to help correct the neglect, one-sided
understanding, and misunderstanding of Lardner's
work;" that Lardner's fiction offers a
"serious criticism of American life;" that
Lardner was a sensitive man "appalled by the
unfulfilled promises of life" and not, as Fadiman
saw him, a misanthrope.
|Smith, Leverett T., Jr. "'The Diameter o Frank
Chance's Diamond': Ring Lardner and
||Professional Sports." Journal of
Popular Culture Summer, 1972.
examination of the relationship between Lardner and
Baseball; includes many primary and secondary examples.
|Stein, Allen F. "This Unsporting Life: The
Baseball Fiction of Ring Lardner." Markham
||Review 3.2 (1972): 27-33.
|Stuart, Henry Longan. "Mr. Lardner Burlesques
America." New York Times Book Review.
||19 April 1925: 1,25.
Review of all of
Lardner's reissued books; makes interesting comments on
Lardner's nonsense plays.
|---. "Three Stories A Year Are Enough For A
Writer." New York Times Magazine 25 March
Reports an interview with
Lardner during which Lardner cites his influences, his
appraisal of Twain, and his attitude toward writing;
indicates that he was tired of writing first-person
dialect stories and he would like to be writing
"fiction of an entirely different sort."
|Tiverton, Dana. "Ring Lardner
Writes a Story." The Writer 45.1 (Jan.
||Presentation, based on an interview with
Lardner, of Larder's writing method, highly influenced by
his journalistic roots.
|Tobin, Richard. "Ring Lardner, the Man With the
Perfect Pitch." Chronicle Spring 1978:
Article by Ring's nephew;
offers insights into the final days of his life and
clearly traces the early influences of Lardner's life in
Niles through his career.
|Topping, Scott. "Ring Lardner on Cashel Byron's
Profession." The Independent Shavian
||32.2-3 (1994): 39-40.
Ring's thoughts on G. Bernard Shaw as boxing expert.
|Van Doren, Carl. "Beyond
Grammar: Ring W. Lardner: Philologist among the
||Century CVI (July 1923): 471-75.
Rep. in Many Minds. New York: Knopf, 1924.
Praises Lardner for his mastery of the vernacular style,
but criticizes him for having "no sign of any
aesthetic or intellectual concern;" considers
Lardner as "essentially a comic philologist."
|Weaver, John V. "Ring
Lardner--Serious Artist." The Bookman LIV
(Feb. 1922): 586-87.
||One of the earliest appraisals of Lardner
as a serious artist.
|Webb, Howard W. Jr. "The Development of a Style:
The Lardner Idiom." American
||Quarterly 12 (Winter 1960):
Well documented laudatory appraisal of
Lardner, who Webb considers "a literary
|---. "Mark Twain and Ring Lardner." Mark
Twain Journal 11.2 (1960): 13-15.
|--- . "The Meaning of Ring Lardner's Fiction: A
Re-evaluation." American Literature 61
In this well documented
and formulated essay, Webb argues that "judgments of
Ring Lardner and his work have become stereotyped and
thus distorted." Instead of viewing Lardner as
essentially a comic writer or considering him a
misanthrope, Webb proposes that more benefit would come
from studying the dominant theme in Lardner's writing,
which, he states, is "the problem of
|---. "Ring Lardner's Idle Common Man." Bulletin
of the Central Mississippi Valley
||American Studies Association 1
(Spring 1958): 6-13.
|White, E.B. "Notes & Comment" The
New Yorker 10:24 (28 July 1934), 9. Rpt. in Every
||Day Is Saturday. New York:
Harper and Brothers, 1934: 240-241.
|Wilson, Edmund. "Mr. Lardner's American
Characters." Dial July 1924: 69-72. Rep. in
||Literary Chronicle: 1920-1950.
Garden City: An Anchor Book, 1956: 37-40.
Is a good
example of those critics who saw great promise in
Lardner's fiction after the publication of How to
Write Short Stories.
|Woolf, Virginia. "American Fiction." Saturday
Review 1 August 1925: 1-3. Rep. in The
||Moment and Other Essays. London:
Hogarth Press, 1952.
An appraisal of You Know Me Al.
Contends that Lardner was producing the best American
fiction of the time primarily because he let the
characters act without authorial interference; theorizes
that games provide "a centre" for Lardner's
|Yardley, Jonathan. "Harmony in
Great Neck: The Friendship of Ring Lardner and F. Scott
||Fitzgerald." Saturday Review
July 1978: 23-25, 36.
|---. "The Man Who Taught Us How We Talk." Civilization
October/November 1996: 92-94.