Re: RARA-AVIS: Ring Lardner

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 18 Sep 2002

<<I just finished an Edmund Wilson essay about why people read detective stories, and he mentions that he's sure the Ring Lardner will be read far beyond his time, and I was laughing to myself thinking how Edmund had gotten that one wrong.>>

He didn't get it wrong. Lardner is in the pantheon of perennial American classics. He is the Richard Prather of noncrimestream fiction (they hem us in, we push them out).



"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." Mark Twain

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