The Norton Book of Sports

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George Plimpton
W. W. Norton & Company, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 489 pages
When it comes to popularity, American enthusiasm for sports is right up there with mom and apple pie. From this long love affair with the games of men and boys--and, increasingly, women--has sprung a vast literature that moves across fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Now Plimpton has compiled an incredible collection of the best sports writing ever.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
13
MARK TWAIN
25
THOMAS McGuANE
32
DONALD HALL
40
JACKIE STEWART
50
WOODY ALLEN
64
KLEIN
72
P G WODEHOUSE
87
TOM CLARK
250
AUTUMN 257
259
ANONYMOUS
274
PAUL WEST
308
ROGER KAHN
329
GAY TALESE
336
JOHN CIARDI
353
RED SMITH
367

JIM BROSNAN
105
MIKE ROYKO
114
DACHSLAGER
120
IRA BERKOW
129
JOHN UPDIKE
157
DAVID ALLAN EVANS
178
CLAY FELKER
200
MAXINE KUMIN
209
CARL SANDBURG
224
DON MARQUIS
230
JAMES THURBER
237
GARRISON KEILLOR
385
ROBERT
399
WILLIAM HAZLITT
405
NORMAN MAILER
416
ROCH CARRIER
422
ROBERT PENN WARREN
430
JOE H PALMER
431
SCOTT OSTLER
444
Notes on Contributors
475
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About the author (1992)

George Ames Plimpton was born March 18, 1927. He was educated first at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and then spent four years at Harvard majoring in English and editing the Harvard Lampoon, followed by two at King's College, Cambridge. Before he left for Cambridge, he served as a tank driver in Italy for the U.S. Army from 1945 through 1948. After graduation, at about 27 years of age, Plimpton went with his friends to Paris. There they founded the Paris Review in 1953 and published poetry and short story writers and did interviews. In the '50s, Plimpton and staff came to New York, where they kept the Review going for half a century. The Review has published over 150 issues. Plimpton also served as a volunteer for Robert Kennedy's 1968 presidential run and was walking in front of him as the candidate was assassinated in the kitchen of a Los Angeles hotel. Plimpton was known as a "participatory journalist". In order to research his books and articles, he quarterbacked in a pre-season NFL game, pitched to several all-stars (retiring Willie Mays and Richie Ashburn) in an exhibition prior to Baseball's 1959 All-Star game, performed as a trapeze artist for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus, and fought boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson. Plimpton was alson known by the nickname the Prince of Cameos for the amount of work he did in films, playing small parts and screenwriting. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002. Within a month of the academy induction, the French made him a Chevalier, the Legion of Honor's highest rank. The Guild, an arts organization based on Long Island, gave him a lifetime achievement award. Plimpton was also a member of PEN; the Pyrotechnics Guild International; the National Football League Alumni Association; and the Mayflower Descendants Society. In 2003, Plimpton decided to write his memoirs, signing a $750,000 deal with Little, Brown and Co. Before he could finish, George Plimpton died, on September 26, 2003 of natural causes at the age of 76.

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