IDEOLOGIES: Ring & the Proletariat

The late great American humorist, Ring Lardner, left four sons. They all became writers. Jim died in Spain, fighting as a member of the International Brigade—the last American to enlist, and the last to be killed. David served as a war correspondent for The New Yorker, was killed in Germany when his jeep ran into a minefield. John is a sports columnist for Newsweek. The fourth brother, Ring Jr., last week went to jail.

Tall, slender, bespectacled Ring Lardner, 34, grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, went to Andover and Princeton. At...

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