George, Being George: George Plimpton's Life as Told, Admired, Deplored, and Envied by 200 Friends, Relatives, Lovers, Acquaintances, Rivals--And a Few Unappreciative Observers by Random House Trade (Paperback / softback, 2009)
Contributors include Harold Bloom, Jules Feiffer, John Guare, Norman Mailer, Peter Matthiessen, Maggie Paley, Richard Price, James Salter, Robert Silvers, William Styron, Gay Talese, Calvin Trillin, Gore Vidal, and 200 other Plimpton intimates Norman Mailer said that George Plimpton was the best-loved man in New York. This book is the party that was George's life-and it's a big one-attended by scores of famous people, as well as lesser-kwn intimates and acquaintances. They talk about his life: its privileged beginnings, its wild and triumphant middle, its brave, sad end. They say that George was a man of many parts: the last gentleman, founder and first editor of The Paris Review, the graceful writer who brought the New Journalism to sports, and Everyman's proxy boxer, trapeze artist, stand-up comic, Western movie villain, and Playboy centerfold photographer. George's last years were awesome, truly so. His greatest gift was to be a blessing to others-t all, truth be told-and that gift ended only with his death. But his parties, if this is one, need never end at all.
Nelson W. Aldrich, Jr. is a freelance writer and editor. Formerly Paris editor of The Paris Review, a senior editor at Harper's Magazine, and a reporter for The Boston Globe, he is a frequent contributor to such publications as The Atlantic, Harper's, The Nation, New England Monthly, and Vogue. He is the author of George, Being George.