Shadow Box

An Amateur in the Ring

by George Plimpton

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  • 9780224100236
  • 9781473523234

From the author of Paper Lion

Stepping into the ring against light-heavyweight champion Archie Moore, George Plimpton pauses to wonder what ever induced him to become a participatory journalist. Bloodied but unbowed, he holds his own in the bout – and brings back this timeless book on boxing and its devotees, among them Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ernest Hemingway, and Norman Mailer.


Shadow Box is one of Plimpton’s most engaging portraits of professional sport seen through the eyes of an inquisitive and astute hopeful. From the gym, the locker room, the ringside, and even in the harsh glare of the ring itself, Plimpton documents what it truly means to be a boxer in some of the finest writing of his career.


  • Random House; August 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473523234
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Shadow Box
  • Author: George Plimpton
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780224100236
  • 9781473523234

In The Press

"Excellent... The chapters on Muhammad Ali are delightful, and Ali is not easy to write about"


About The Author

George Plimpton (1927-2003) was the bestselling author and editor of nearly thirty books, as well as the cofounder, publisher, and editor of the Paris Review. He wrote regularly for such magazines as Sports Illustrated and Esquire, and he appeared numerous times in films and on television.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780224100236
  • 9781473523234