Ring Lardner (1885-1905), a sportswriter and satirist, was one of Salinger's favorite authors as well. He wrote short stories for the Saturday Evening Post, told in the first person, using baseball vernacular. In 1916, some of these stories were collected in a book, You Know Me Al. Although Lardner took his own work lightly (and did not even save copies), many people consider You Know Me Al to be a very fine comic novel.
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