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26.9.03

In Memoriam

George Plimpton, Urbane and Witty Writer, Dies at 76 (Richard Severo, New York Times, September 26). Not noted by Severo is one of Plimpton's lighter moments, appearing in an episode of The Simpsons. In his own words, he was "the emcee of a crooked spelling bee," a characterization in which he was "just evil and weird" (quotations from Robert Strauss, George Plimpton at the Plate). On a more serious note, see the editor's note on Plimpton's passing at his beloved Paris Review.

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