James Dickey

James Dickey, 1923–97, American poet and novelist, b. Atlanta. After serving in the air force during World War II, he attended Vanderbilt Univ., graduating in 1946. He was an English teacher and an advertising executive. Dickey's poetry has great energy. He made use of the ordinary in his verse, joining the natural and mechanical on such topics as war, nature, and machinery. His volumes of poetry include Into the Stone and Other Poems (1960), Buckdancer's Choice (1965), The Zodiac (1976), Falling, May Day, Sermon, and Other Poems (1981), and The Complete Poems of James Dickey (2013). He is probably best known for his novel Deliverance (1969), in which a group of businessmen on a hunting trip are forced to fight for their lives. He also wrote the screenplay for the film version (1972). His nonfiction includes Self-Interviews (1970) and several works of criticism.

See H. Hart, ed., The James Dickey Reader (1999), M. J. Bruccoli and J. S. Baughman, ed., Crux: The Letters of James Dickey (1999); biography by H. Hart (2000); studies by R. Baughman (1985) and N. Bowers (1985).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The One Voice of James Dickey: His Letters and Life, 1942-1969
Gordon Van Ness; James Dickey.
University of Missouri Press, 2003
Drowning with Others: Poems
James Dickey.
Wesleyan University Press, 1962
Southbound: Interviews with Southern Poets
Ernest Suarez; T. W. Stanford III; Amy Verner.
University of Missouri Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "James Dickey" begins on p. 3
James Dickey and the Narrative Mode of Transmission: The Sheep Child's Other Realm
Peckham, Joel B. JR.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 52, No. 2, Spring 1999
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Spirit-Bird, Bowshot, Water-Snake, Corpses, Cosmic Love: Reshaping the Coleridge Legacy in Dickey's 'Deliverance.'
Bidney, Martin.
Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 31, No. 4, Fall 1995
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Vietnam and the Southern Imagination
Owen W. Gilman Jr.
University Press of Mississippi, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Vietnam in the South: Deliverance"
Marked Men: White Masculinity in Crisis
Sally Robinson.
Columbia University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don't: Deliverance and the Hysterical Male Body" begins on p. 165
Fifty Southern Writers after 1900: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook
Joseph M. Flora; Robert Bain.
Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "James Dickey (1923-)" begins on p. 136
Reading Rape: The Rhetoric of Sexual Violence in American Literature and Culture, 1790-1990
Sabine Sielke.
Princeton University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "'An Obscene Posture That No One Could Help': Sodomy, Male Anxiety, and the 'Crisis of Homo/Heterosexual Definition' in James Dickey's Deliverance" begins on p. 171
Hillbilly: A Cultural History of An American Icon
Anthony Harkins.
Oxford University Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Epilogue "From Deliverance to Cyberspace :The Continuing Relevance of 'Hillbilly' in Contemporary America"
After Innocence: Visions of the Fall in Modern Literature
Terry Otten.
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7. "Running the Risk: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee & Deliverance by James Dickey"
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