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Ring Lardner and the Other$
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Douglas Robinson

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195076004

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195076004.001.0001

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The Conflicted Writer

The Conflicted Writer

(p.66) (p.67) 3 The Conflicted Writer
Ring Lardner and the Other

Douglas Robinson

Oxford University Press

In the primary narrative of “Who Dealt?,” Lardner did not create a fictionalized version of himself. Tom is a small-town businessman in Maine who went to Yale and lost the woman he loved to another man and never became a published writer. Lardner was a popular journalist and sportswriter in Chicago and New York who never went to college and married the woman he loved. In other words, let him not be taken to be setting up a superficial one-to-one correspondence between the author and character. But somehow, Tom Cannon also is Ring Lardner. Like Tom, Lardner was an unconfident writer for whom writing was never easy and who never thought of himself as a writer someday.

Keywords:   Who Dealt, fictionalized version, Yale, Maine, Tom Cannon, correspondence, writer

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