Do You Know Me Now: Cultural Reflection and Resistance in Ring Lardner’s You Know Me Al

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Ring Lardner’s novel You Know Me Al (1916) was first published as a series of short stories in the Saturday Evening Post in 1914. Since that time, critics have come to recognize the letters of Jack Keefe as the first instance of literary baseball fiction, an assessment that becomes problematic for some due to the Post’s staunch middle-class audience.