And Editor George Plimpton To Speak At
U.Va. March 9
25, 1999 -- George Plimpton, award-winning writer,
adventurer, humorist and editor of the Paris Review, will give a
public talk Tuesday, March 9, at 8 p.m. at the University of Virginia
Bookstore. His Peters Rushton Lecture is sponsored by U.Va.'s English
known for his informative "participatory journalism" -- where he
dares to take part in a professional sport or other difficult activity
and then write about it -- Plimpton is praised as an elegant stylist
who writes with depth and wit.
in New York in 1927 and educated at Cambridge, he has written classic
books and essays about such activities as pitching in a post-season
All-Star game in Yankee Stadium, serving as a third-string quarterback
for the Detroit Lions, golfing in Pro-Am tournaments, playing in
a basketball game for the Boston Celtics, boxing with former light
heavyweight champion Archie Moore, and playing goalie for two professional
hockey teams. He has also fought in a bullfight staged by Ernest
Hemingway in 1954, and worked as a trapeze artist, lion-tamer and
clown for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus.
other activities, Plimpton developed a stand-up comedy routine and
performed it in Las Vegas, served as a percussionist with the New
York Philharmonic and as a guest conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony,
and appeared in a number of films. He has also hosted specials on
TV and since 1973 has been honorary commissioner of fireworks for
New York City.
many writing genres have included children's fiction, history, literary
criticism, sports, memoir, biography and satire. His classic "Paper
Lion," about his adventures with the Detroit Lions, has been called
the best book written about pro football. A sampling of his best-known
pieces is collected in "The Best of Plimpton" (1991, Grove/Atlantic).
other great interest centers on the small, influential literary
magazine he has edited since 1953, the Paris Review, which publishes
work by some of the world's best writers.
more information, call Lisa Russ Spaar, director of the U.Va. Creative
Writing program, at 924-6675. Television reporters should contact
the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
Rebecca Arrington. (804) 924-7189.