Ed Driscoll

GEORGE PLIMPTON, the great Paper

GEORGE PLIMPTON, the great Paper Lion author, passed away yesterday at age 76.

Plimpton has written lots of other great books of course. He also edited a superb collection of essays and reminisces on Truman Capote, which is also well worth seeking out, if only to see brilliant editing in action, forming and shaping what could otherwise be an amorphous collection of material.

UPDATE (9/29/03): In a nice (if obviously unintended) capstone to a wonderful career, Plimpton joined a reunion of the team he commemorated–and played for–in Paper Lion less than a week before he died.