Plimpton! Starring Plimpton As Himself
"Fascinating." Mail On Sunday
"An entertaining look at a life well lived." The Telegraph
George Plimpton, who died in 2003 at the age of 76, was a larger- than-life character: a writer, editor, amateur sportsman and many other things. This is his story – in his own words.
The story is told through a posthumous narration by Plimpton himself, along with thoughts and anecdotes from friends, family, and contemporaries. He was the first editor-in-chief of The Paris Review, which became one of the most influential literary magazines in history. Plimpton was particularly famous for his distinctive style of participatory journalism, in which he involved himself with the sporting and cultural elite in order to subsequently write about his experiences. During the course of such exploits he played quarterback with the Detroit Lions, photographed Playboy models, kept goal for the Boston Bruins ice hockey team, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic, and acted alongside John Wayne and Matt Damon. One of the great adventurers of the 20th century, Plimpton was described by Esquire magazine as the most eligible bachelor in Manhattan. This is a joyful celebration of a man who believed in living life to the full and packed more than most into his own.
"Hugely well-received." Sunday Times Culture