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by Ring Lardner, Jr. New York: Thunders Mouth Press/Nation Books, 2000. 198pp., illus. Hardcover: $22.95.
Ring Lardner, Jr., was the most straight-faced comic that I've ever met. Probably he got the trait from his father, the fabulously successful sports reporter and sports fiction writer whose characters were perfectly unaware of how perfectly they illustrated the modern (but especially American) vices of hypocrisy and greed. On the home stretch of a biography of screenwriter-director Abraham Polonsky, a couple of years ago, I offered to write a companion biography of Ring, ...
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