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August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand - Music in August Wilson's Work

Learn how Kathryn Bostic scored August Wilson's plays and the film August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand; what songs Wynton Marsalis played at Wilson's funeral; and how actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson became a blues harmonica player.

Feb 12th, 2015 | 0 comments

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August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand - August Wilson's Youth

August Wilson and his sisters describe his early years, when he showed a love of language and learning, and suffered daily racial slurs at school.

Feb 9th, 2015 | 0 comments

Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice - The New Yorker Profile of Ricky Jay

An in-depth profile that reveals the magician's personal history, mentors, scholarship, collections, and pet peeves.

Dec 5th, 2014 | 0 comments

In Memoriam: Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

At the time of Maya Angelou’s death, May 28, 2014, she was participating in the first feature documentary about her life for the American Masters series, Maya Angelou: The People’s Poet. We look forward to her taking her rightful place in the American Masters series, albeit posthumously.

May 29th, 2014 | 0 comments

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George Plimpton - Watch Outtake: Plimpton Gives Writer Jay McInerney His Debut

Author Jay McInerney says that George Plimpton "liked to tell people that he had saved me from becoming a pharmacist." It was Plimpton who published McInerney's first story ever in The Paris Review, which formed the basis for the iconic novel, Bright Lights, Big City.

May 15th, 2014 | 0 comments

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George Plimpton - Watch Excerpt: Robert F. Kennedy - Friend and Admirer of George Plimpton

In this film excerpt, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recalls his father's admiration for George Plimpton. A close friend of Kennedy, Plimpton would make appearances for him during his presidential campaign in 1968.

May 15th, 2014 | 0 comments

George Plimpton - The Life Adventures of George Plimpton in Trading Cards

American Masters is proud to feature George Plimpton in its second series of vintage trading cards. See George box, pitch, tend goal, fly through the air, write and more.

May 14th, 2014 | 0 comments

George Plimpton - George Plimpton, The Paris Review and American Masters

George Plimpton co-founded The Paris Review and was its editor for 50 years, from the first edition in 1953 to his death in September 2003. Here are just a few of the many conversations and connections between American Masters writers, The Paris Review and George Plimpton, an American Master himself.

May 14th, 2014 | 0 comments

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George Plimpton - Watch Excerpt: Making a Success Out of Failure

Mr. Zero. Vague. These are some of the nicknames the writer and journalist George Plimpton tried on for size during his lifetime. One of Plimpton's first failures was flunking out of the college preparatory school Exeter, where his family had a long history.

May 14th, 2014 | 0 comments
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