Author: Ring Lardner

Ring Lardner, c. 1925

Ring Lardner (1885–1933) was an American short story writer and sports columnist. Born in Niles, Michigan, Lardner worked for a number of newspapers in St. Louis, New York City, and Chicago, among other places. His most famous stories include “Haircut,” “Some Like Them Cold,” “Alibi Ike,” “The Golden Honeymoon,” and “A Day with Conrad Green.” Lardner was a close friend of F. Scott Fitzgerald and influenced Ernest Hemingway, who would sometimes sign articles in his high school paper as “Ring Lardner Jr.” (The real Ring Lardner Jr. became a screenwriter, drafting screenplays for such movies as Woman of the Year and M*A*S*H.) Lardner died at the age of 48 of complications from tuberculosis. 

Old Folks’ Christmas

Ring Lardner

This sad tale (1929) by Ring Lardner (1885–1933) powerfully exposes the tension between tradition and change. The overindulged young people, indifferent to tradition and heedless of family ties, care only for immediate enjoyment with their friends; the parents, heedless of the effects of social and cultural change, naively assume that their children will be like them.