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James Dickey (1923–1997)

Autor(a) de Deliverance

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About the Author

James Lafayette Dickey, an American poet and novelist, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1923. He is perhaps best known for Deliverance, his novel about four suburban men struggling to survive a canoe trip gone awry, which was made into a popular movie of the same title, starring Burt Reynolds. mostrar mais Dickey also published several volumes of poetry that are marked by his portrayal of a world in conflict. His collected poems (1942-1992) were published under the title The Whole Motion in 1992. After serving as a pilot during World War II, Dickey earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Vanderbilt University. He taught at several universities and worked as poetry consultant to the Library of Congress from 1966 to 1968. He died in 1996. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por James Dickey

Deliverance (1970) 2,517 exemplares
To the White Sea (1993) 382 exemplares
Deliverance [1972 film] (1972) — Screenwriter — 211 exemplares
Poems, 1957-1967 (1967) 188 exemplares
Alnilam (1987) 104 exemplares
Buckdancer's Choice: Poems (1964) 79 exemplares
Jericho: The South Beheld (1700) — Autor — 67 exemplares
Tucky The Hunter (1978) 32 exemplares
Wayfarer: A Voice from the Southern Mountains (1988) — Autor — 30 exemplares
The James Dickey Reader (1999) 29 exemplares
Drowning with Others (1962) 26 exemplares
Helmets (1962) 24 exemplares
Self-Interviews (1970) 24 exemplares
Crux: The Letters of James Dickey (1999) 16 exemplares
Deliverance: A Screenplay (1982) 15 exemplares
The Early Motion (1981) 13 exemplares
Sorties (1971) 13 exemplares
The Zodiac (1976) 12 exemplares
The strength of fields (1977) 10 exemplares
Southern Light (1991) 9 exemplares
Puella (1982) 7 exemplares
Night Hurdling (1983) 7 exemplares
Metaphor as Pure Adventure (1968) 5 exemplares
The Enemy From Eden (1978) 5 exemplares
Scion (1980) 3 exemplares
Krachkultur: Ausgabe 18/2017 (2017) 2 exemplares
In Pursuit of the Grey Soul (1978) 2 exemplares
The Suspect In Poetry 2 exemplares
The owl king 2 exemplares
Vysvobození (2011) 1 exemplar
Exchanges 1 exemplar
Strength of Fields 1 exemplar
Dickey James 1 exemplar
Suspect In Poetry (2013) 1 exemplar
Elmetti (1992) 1 exemplar
False Youth: Four Seasons (1983) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories (1903) — Introdução, algumas edições969 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contribuidor — 736 exemplares
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Contribuidor — 436 exemplares
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Contribuidor, algumas edições435 exemplares
Flight or Fright (2018) — Contribuidor — 427 exemplares
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Contribuidor, algumas edições380 exemplares
The Red Badge of Courage And Four Stories (Signet Classic) (1997) — Introdução, algumas edições291 exemplares
Selected Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson (1966) — Introdução, algumas edições187 exemplares
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 160 exemplares
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
Poets of World War II (2003) — Contribuidor — 133 exemplares
The Complete Short Stories Of Thomas Wolfe (1989) — Prefácio, algumas edições124 exemplares
Emergency Kit (1996) — Contribuidor, algumas edições107 exemplares
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuidor — 96 exemplares
Stolen Apples (1900) — Adapter, algumas edições93 exemplares
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
The wreck of the Deutschland (1971) — Introdução, algumas edições43 exemplares
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Partisan Review: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1905) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Where is Vietnam? American poets respond; an anthology of contemporary poems (1967) — Contribuidor, algumas edições32 exemplares
How to Use the Power of the Printed Word (1985) — Autor — 29 exemplares
The Seamless Web (1970) — Prefácio — 24 exemplares
Selected Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson (1966) — Introdução, algumas edições24 exemplares
A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose (1993) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Poets on Poetry (1966) — Contribuidor, algumas edições20 exemplares
Possibilities of Poetry: An Anthology of American Contemporaries (1970) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
South: Modern Southern Literature in Its Cultural Setting (1961) — Contribuidor, algumas edições12 exemplares
Poems 1911-1940 (1981) — Prefácio, algumas edições10 exemplares
Handspan of Red Earth: An Anthology of American Farm Poems (1991) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
The Writer's Voice: Conversations With Contemporary Writers (1924) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Pages : the world of books, writers, and writing (1976) — Contribuidor, algumas edições3 exemplares
Poetry Magazine Vol. 86 No. 3, June 1955 — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
New world Writing 21 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

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Dickey, James Lafayette
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
All Saints Waccamaw Cemetery, Pawleys Island, South Carolina, USA
Local de nascimento
Buckhead, Georgia, USA
Local de falecimento
Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Causa da morte
severe alcoholism, jaundice and later pulmonary fibrosis
Locais de residência
Buckhead, Georgia, USA
New York, New York, USA
Houston, Texas, USA
Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Pawleys Island, South Carolina, USA
Clemson College (now University ∙ 1942)
Vanderbilt University (BA|English|1949)
Vanderbilt University (MA|English|1950)
literary critic
fighter pilot (mostrar todos 9)
advertising copywriter
children's book author
night-fighter radar observer
Dickey, Christopher (son)
Dickey, Bronwen (daughter)
Price, Reynolds (friend)
Davidson, Donald (teacher)
Lytle, Andrew (teacher)
Fellowship of Southern Writers (charter member)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Arts and Letters
National Advisory Council on the Arts
National Institute of Arts and Letters
South Carolina Academy of Authors (mostrar todos 11)
Writer's Guild of America
Phi Beta Kappa
University of South Carolina (professor ∙ poet-in-residence)
United States Army Air Forces (fighter pilot ∙ WWII)
United States Air Force (Korean War)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1966-1968)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award ( [1966])
Air Medal
Five Bronze Stars
Sewanee Review poetry fellowship (1954-55)
Vachel Lindsay Prize (1959) (mostrar todos 14)
Levinson Prize (1982)
Guggenheim fellowship (1961-62)
National Institute of Arts and Letters grant (1966)
New York Quarterly Poetry Day Award (1977)
Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina (1983)
Order of the South
Harriet Monroe Prize (1996)
Georgia Writers Hall of Fame



I was a reader of Dickey's poetry long before I read this novel. It seems to me that he took his beautiful art to an even higher level with this novel. It's a masterpiece.
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MickeyMole | 56 outras críticas | Oct 2, 2023 |
Imagine, if you can, you're an American air force tail-gunner flying over enemy territory, Japan during WWII. Your plane is hit, on fire, and spirals toward the earth. All your crew-mates are dead. If not for the parachute you religiously taped to the bulkhead, you'd soon be a goner, too. Instead, you make it safely back to earth, where men belong anyway. What would you do now?
James Dickey gives us an account of one possibility through one of his strangest, and best creations, Muldrow, a man raised in the Alaskan wilderness of the 1920s and 30s, and appropriately named after an Alaskan glacier.
Early on in his predicament of being totally on his own in the land of the enemy, Muldrow makes his plan to head North. If he can make it to the White sea, to the beloved snow and ice of his childhood, he knows he can survive and feel the comfort and freedom of home again.
The story of his trek is one of dreams, camouflage, and savagery. For some, this tale may become a bit too gruesome to take. There were scenes I wouldn't want to revisit. But, if you have the stomach for it, Dickey's prose is as razor sharp as the bread knife Muldrow carries.

"'It's a bread knife,' I told him. 'The only difference is that I brought the point on down and fine. The edge is good, too. Kitchen steel is good steel. As good as you can get.'
'Look,' I said, bending the knife almost double. The light from the roof bulb curved, wires and all, into the light of the blade. 'That means it won't break off. It's not like one of these stiff issue blades, like a bayonet or a commando knife, that ain't got any give to it. This one will bend, it'll go around.'
'Go around what?'
'Go around anything, say, like a rib. It'll go around and come back. It'll straighten out on the other side and keep on going.'"

This passage leaves a little to the imagination, but the description of its actual use is not for the faint of heart. Ghastly is the word I'd use.
If you're a fan of [b:Deliverance|592657|Deliverance|James Dickey|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1624579180l/592657._SY75_.jpg|1257919], you'll probably get along fine with this book, though it is not nearly as tight and well written.
Dickey repeats himself often, and becomes long-winded, particularly when Mulder describes animals, birds, and landscapes. About three-quarters into the book, he says,
"I was discouraged, I don't mind telling you. If the other island (his destination) didn't show pretty soon, I would be too weak and played out to get to it."
That's the way I felt about half-way through. Come on, James, get me there already, I'm dragging here.
Dickey revisits themes he explored so beautifully in his poetry, especially the connection between men and animals, and the relationship of hunter and prey.
I go back to my question, "What would you do in this situation?"
I have ideas about what I MIGHT do, but I tend to believe there's no way for any of us to know unless we were there. I'm fairly certain though, that we'd all surprise ourselves of what we may have to become in order to survive.
… (mais)
MickeyMole | 6 outras críticas | Oct 2, 2023 |
I was introduced to Dickey when I was a 20 year old college student. Although he was difficult for me then, I have never forgotten my first reading of "The Heaven of Animals". It just blew me away, like how Emily Dickinson said how you know it's poetry when it blows off the top of your head. I've read all of his work now, including the novels, and must say he was one of our greatest American writers.
Just now I picked up this book and read "The Sprinter at Forty".

"And between the dark houses where men,/Grown suddenly light with amazement,/Cry out for their youth among nightmares/Of debt, and turn to their women./Like a choir, something rises about me..."

I understood the poem when I was in my 20s, but now in my 50s, I FEEL it within all of me.

It is rather late, and I should be asleep, but I think I'll read some more of this wonderful book to enhance my dreams.
… (mais)
MickeyMole | Oct 2, 2023 |
I found this one not long after [b:Self-Interviews|963847|Self-Interviews|James Dickey|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1347545907l/963847._SY75_.jpg|948748]. I didn't love this one as I did Interviews, but still found it an excellent read for someone interested in writing and poetry. I was probably around 22 when I read this. It will be interesting to see what I think about it as I reread it 35 years later.
MickeyMole | Oct 2, 2023 |



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