Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Is Ring Lardner optimistic or pessimistic about humanity?

How does Lardner use dialogue to develop his characters?

What historical factors help to explain Lardner’s popularity in America of the 1920’s?

In “Haircut,” who is at fault for Jim Kendall’s death?

Among literary scholars, much has been made of the Hemingway hero. Is there such a thing as a “Lardner hero”?

Contrast Lardner’s view of love in “Some Like Them Cold” and “Golden Honeymoon.”