Lardner's Baseball Tales Are Literary Diamonds

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From: Chicago Sun-Times
Date: 19920812
Author:Allen Barra

Ring Around the Bases The Complete Baseball Stories of Ring Lardner. Edited By Matthew Bruccoli. Scribner's. $35.

Ring Lardner, his friend F. Scott Fitzgerald implied, wasted a great deal of time and energy writing about "a boy's game, with no more possibilities in it than a boy could master, a game bound by walls which kept out novelty or danger or adventure."

This was a remarkably spiteful and shortsighted statement. Was there a tinge of jealousy in it? Whatever the reason, as Matthew Bruccoli points out in his introduction to Ring Around the Bases, the charge is untrue.

Of Lardner's ...

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