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Lardner : Selected Stories

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Ring Lardner's humor, quirky imagination, and ear for the American vernacular endeared him to such formidable critics as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, V. S. Pritchett, and Virginia Woolf. A newspaperman who began as a sports reporter and almost accidentally stumbled into short-story writing, Lardner meticulously captured the way Americans really speak. In You Know Me Al (1916), he created one of the most enduring characters in American fiction, the semi-literate baseball player Jack Keefe.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 299.37g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141180188
  • 9780141180182
  • 1,238,843

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Ring Lardner's humor, quirky imagination, and ear for the American vernacular endeared him to such formidable critics as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, V. S. Pritchett, and Virginia Woolf. A newspaperman who began as a sports reporter and almost accidentally stumbled into short-story writing, Lardner meticulously captured the way Americans really speak. In You Know Me Al (1916), he created one of the most enduring characters in American fiction, the semi-literate baseball player Jack Keefe.
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About Ring W. Lardner

Jonathan Yardley is the book critic of and a columnist for the Washington Post. His books include biographies of Ring Lardner and Frederick Exley. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism in 1981.
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Table of contents

Edited with an Introduction by Jonathan YardleyIntroduction by Jonathan Yardley
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
You Know Me Al
A Busher's Letters Home
The Busher Comes Back
The Busher's Honeymoon
A New Busher Breaks In
The Busher's Kid
The Busher Beats It Hence
CALL FOR MR. KEEFE!
ALONG CAME RUTH
ALIBI IKE
GULLIBLE'S TRAVELS
CHAMPION
THE FACTS
HARMONY
MY ROOMY
THE YOUNG IMMIGRUNTS
The Big Town
Quick Returns
Ritchey
Lady Perkins
Only One
Katie Wins a Home
SOME LIKE THEM COLD
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