The Best of Plimpton

The Best of Plimpton

by George Plimpton
     
 

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George Plimpton is best known for taking to the arenas of professional sports and surviving to write about his experience--with grace, urbanity, and considerable good humor. But such classics as Paper Lion and The Bogey Man are only the most visible instances in a body of writing as remarkable for its breadth and diversity as for its elegance. Including

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George Plimpton is best known for taking to the arenas of professional sports and surviving to write about his experience--with grace, urbanity, and considerable good humor. But such classics as Paper Lion and The Bogey Man are only the most visible instances in a body of writing as remarkable for its breadth and diversity as for its elegance. Including profiles, essays, and such classic pieces as "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch" and "The Plimpton Small-Ball Theory of Sports Writing" (the smaller the ball the better the writing). The Best of Plimpton is a rich mix from one of America's most talented and unique literary personalities.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Founder of the Paris Review, humorist, adventurer, and contributing editor to Sports Illustrated, Plimpton has selected this anthology of his ``best'' writing from 35 years of work. Its motif is his ``participatory journalism'' and how it has enabled him to render more human and accessible such activities as football, baseball, boxing, golf, music, and fireworks; such personalities as John F. Kennedy, George Bush, Leonard Bernstein, Muhammad Ali, Vince Lombardi, Marianne Moore, and William Styron; and such landmarks as Las Vegas, Palm Desert, and Newport, Rhode Island. The pieces range from ``Fantasy: Sidd Finch'' to ``Parody: Truman Capote as Hemingway.'' Recommended as first-rate belles lettres , to be read in light of Bernstein's description of Plimpton as the ``amateur professional.''-- Kenneth Mintz, formerly with Bayonne P.L., N.J.
From the Publisher

"Plimpton, the professional amateur, the dashing public hero, is first and best a writer." —The New Yorker

"The Best of Plimpton shows the author to be a quietly adroit stylist with the lightest touch since E.B. White." —Newsweek

"The Best of Plimpton shows how much fun life can be." —The Boston Globe

"This is a terrific book ... pure crystal...unblemished perfection." —The Los Angeles Times

"Beautifully observed and incredibly conceived [George Plimpton's writing] is the dark side of the moon of Walter Mitty." —Ernest Hemingway

"[Plimpton] is a craftsman par excellence, a writer at work. The nature of his work has been a lifelong probe into how to have a good time. This volume is a delightful summation of a seriously eclectic career." —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"These 35 profiles, essays, articles and speeches remind us that Plimpton has earned his place at the front tables in New York's best-known watering holes.... Throughout, Plimpton's writing is witty, elegant and enormously entertaining." —Playboy

"George Plimpton has a wonderful flair for comic descriptive writing. He has the patience to listen carefully to what others tell him; the imagination to visualize and ask interesting questions; and the persistence to cross-reference the best stories he is told, no matter how much time or travel may be involved. Best of all, he never patronizes, and thus has the power to draw intelligence from a stone." —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

"Plimpton's writing is so fascinating, not only for sports fans but for students of human behavior as well.... Sincerely inquisitive, a receptive listener, and a fluid funny writer." —People

"George Plimpton shines in simile--his great device also in characterization, and [he has[ an ear for vernacular..." —Marianne Moore

"Plimpton has endless curiosity, unshakeable enthusiasm and nerve, and a deep respect for the world he enters." —The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671717384
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
07/15/1993
Pages:
386

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