James Dickey

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Date of Birth February 2, 1923
Place of Birth Atlanta, Georgia
Date of Death Jan 19, 1997 (73)
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James Dickey

James Lafayette Dickey was an American poet and novelist. He was appointed the eighteenth United States Poet Laureate in 1966. He also received the Order of the South award. Dickey was best known for his novel Deliverance which was adapted into an acclaimed film of the same name.

Born: James Lafayette Dickey, February 2, 1923, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: January 19, 1997, Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Occupation: Poet, novelist, critic, lecturer
Nationality: American
Period: Contemporary literature
Notable works: Deliverance, Buckdancer's Choice, Falling, May Day Sermon, and Other Poems, To the White Sea
Notable awards: National Book Award for Poetry, Guggenheim Fellowship, United States Poet Laureate (1966-68), Order of the South
Spouses: Maxine Syerson, (m. 1948–1976, her death), Deborah Dodson, (m. 1976–1997, divorced)
Children: Christopher Dickey, Kevin Dickey, Bronwen Dickey
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About James Dickey

Poet and author whose 1970 novel, Deliverance, was adapted into a film of the same title. Buckdancer's Choice, his 1965 poetry collection, received the National Book Award.

Before Fame

He played on the football team at Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina.


He served as the eighteenth Poet Laureate of the United States.

Family Life

He married Maxine Syerson in 1948, and the couple subsequently raised two sons. Following his first wife's death, Dickey married Deborah Dodson, with whom he had a daughter.


He and James Thurber were both Georgia-born authors.

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  • American Poets Laureate
  • Writers of American Southern literature
  • University of South Carolina faculty
  • Clemson University alumni
  • Writers from Atlanta
  • National Book Award winners
  • Rice University faculty
  • University of Florida faculty
  • Vanderbilt University alumni
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