Scott Fitzgerald, F.
November 1954
New Republic;11/22/54, Vol. 131 Issue 21, p78
This article profiles U.S. sportswriter and humorist Ring Lardner. Throughout this period of huge earnings and increasingly solid reputation on top and beneath, there were two ambitions more important to Ring than the work by which he will be remembered: he wanted to be a musician--sometimes he dramatized himself ironically as a thwarted composer--and he wanted to write shows. His dealings with managers would make a whole story: they were always commissioning him to do work which they promptly forgot they had ordered, and accepting librettos that they never produced. Whatever Ring's achievement was it fell short of the achievement he was capable of, and this because of a cynical attitude toward his work.


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