George Plimpton on Sports

George Plimpton on Sports

by George Plimpton
     
 

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George Plimpton on Sports collects the best writing - the most observant, the most acerbic, and the most humane - from George Plimpton's amazing career as the consummate and prototypical participatory sports journalist. Always an acute observer and sardonic humorist, Plimpton pokes gentle fun at himself and those foibles of society showcased so dramatically in sport,… See more details below

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George Plimpton on Sports collects the best writing - the most observant, the most acerbic, and the most humane - from George Plimpton's amazing career as the consummate and prototypical participatory sports journalist. Always an acute observer and sardonic humorist, Plimpton pokes gentle fun at himself and those foibles of society showcased so dramatically in sport, while at the same time demonstrating what is most noble and admirable in the pursuit of dreams, even when those dreams remain clearly and ineluctably out of reach. In each of the chapters of this volume, Plimpton, with quiet charm, shows us that it's truly not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.
Included are excerpts from several of his book-length works, as well as articles that have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Harper's, The New York Times, Esquire, Tennis Week, and other newspapers, magazines, and sporting journals. This volume is a clear testimony to Plimpton's incredible range of interests, his lifelong passion for sport, and his pursuit of the quiet moments within the tumult of modern sports ' and life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592280810
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
On Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.11(d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE PLIMPTON, the originator of "participatory journalism," is the founder and editor of the renowned literary magazine The Paris Review. His books include Paper Lion (page TK), The Bogey Man (page TK), Open Net (page TK), Shadow Box (page TK), As Told at the Explorers Club (page TK), and Mad Ducks and Bears (page TK). He lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 18, 1927
Date of Death:
September 25, 2003
Place of Birth:
New York, NY
Place of Death:
New York, NY
Education:
B.A. in English Literature, Harvard University, 1950; Master's degree, Cambridge University, 1952

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Ali arrived with an hour to go before the fight. Even before he got out of his streetclothes he was moving around the room, snapping out the jabs and staring at himself in the mirrors. "This room's too crowded," he said. "I want room to rest."

The room was cleared except for the entourage he would take to the ring, along with two interns assigned to the fight, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson. I was allowed to stay. I crouched in a corner with a notebook open. Ali stripped quickly. He pulled on a pair of white boxing trunks and turned slowly in front of the mirror. "I am the champ," he said softly. "He must fall." He tried out the Ali shuffle, his white gym shoes snapping against the floor. -- from Shadow Box

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