Date of Award

Spring 1970

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




This thesis is not a history of Dada, nor does it attempt to trace any direct influences that Ring Lardner may have on current literature. What it does strive to achieve is proper understanding of one facet of Lardner's work.

During the period that the Dad ists were actively trying to establish a new order by destroying the old (and theoretically, Dada itself), Lardner was creating nonsense playlets . His critics, for the most part, could not comprehend his intentions, so this aspect of his work was relegated to obscurity.

Half a century later, Dada has become more relevant historically; therefore, Lardner's emulation of Dadaism deserves reappraisal.