James Dickey launched his career as a poet surprisingly late in life. His first collection, Into the Stone and Other Poems, was published when he was thirty-seven years old. Dickey’s experience in the military, academic, and advertising worlds before his emergence as a writer provided subjects and training for his art.
Born on February 2, 1923 in Buckhead, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb, to lawyer Eugene Dickey and his wife Maibelle Swift Dickey, James graduated
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Night Hurdling: Poems, Essays, Conversations, Commencements, and Afterwords in 1983.
In 1990, USC awarded Dickey with an honorary Doctor of Literature. In 1996, he received the Harriet Monroe Prize for lifetime achievement in American Letters. Dickey died in 1997 while having complications from a lung disorder.
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The James Dickey Page. www.axs2k.net/goethe