Ringgold Wilmer Lardner

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Date: 20040101

Ringgold Wilmer Lardner

Ringgold Wilmer Lardner (1885-1933), American writer, was an important literary humorist and the author of sports fiction. His stories are distinguished by a bitterly sardonic view of humanity. He has been called the "greatest and sincerest pessimist America has produced."

Ring Lardner was born on March 6, 1885, in Niles, Mich. The family was wealthy, and Lardner was privately educated until he entered high school. At his father's insistence, he entered engineering school in 1902 but soon flunked out.

Lardner began his career as a newspaperman in 1905 on ...

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