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George Plimpton on Sports Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2005
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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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George Plimpton was born in New York on March 18, 1927 and died in September 25 2003. His father was a successful lawyer and the American ambassador to the United Nations. According to the New York Times his grandfather George A. Plimpton, had been a publisher and the family traced its roots to the Mayflower. He was the quintessential and urbane New Yorker from a background of privilege attending Exeter Academy and Harvard. But with a lot of ingenuity, creativity, and humor he made his own mark in the world.
I never met the man myself and I am about 20 years younger. When I was going to college in Boston in the 1960's he was near his peak in popularity and in the midst of making his mark. He was always and interesting read and it is hard to comprehend that he is gone.
So it was with some sadness that I bought and read the present book published last year. I bought the book as a gift to myself so to speak. It is just a beautiful collection of selected short stories and articles on sports. The fact that he is gone and has left this behind reminds us all of our limitations in life. It is a wonderful and humorous book like most of his writings, and from time to time uncontrollably so.