George Plimpton

(1927 - 2003)

Cofounder of The Paris Review, George Plimpton once fought in a bullfight staged by Ernest Hemingway, who described Plimpton’s acts of participatory journalism as “the dark side of the moon of Walter Mitty.” Hunter S. Thompson memorialized him as “an aristocrat of the spirit” who “lived his life like a work of fine art.” He helped launch the careers of Adrienne Rich, Philip Roth, and V.S. Naipaul, among others. He also distinguished himself as a participatory journalist, writing about his experiences as a quarterback for the Detroit Lions in 1963 and a goalie for the Boston Bruins in 1977. He died in New York City at the age of seventy-six in 2003.

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