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James Dickey Papers (MSS035)

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Title: James Dickey Papers (MSS035), 1954-1996Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1954-1996

ID: MSS/MSS/035

Extent: 13.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The James Dickey Papers include a correspondence file, spanning 1954 to 1970, consisting of nearly 1000 letters from literary figures, publishers, editors, and friends. Letters from literary notables are often accompanied by their poetry manuscripts. The bulk of the collection consists of Dickey's own manuscript drafts of poems, essays, reviews, translations and addresses. Proof of Dickey's meticulous craftmanship is found in his heavily revised poetry manuscripts, many of which have undergone such pronounced change that the initial worksheet is unrecognizable from the final version. The Dickey Papers also include editorial matter toward all of his books of poetry prior to 1970, as well as a collection of informal monologue published that same year as Self-Interviews.

Collection Historical Note

James Dickey was an American author and poet whose work brought him international recognition as well as innumerable awards. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Dickey's urban Southern roots are clearly evident throughout his poetry. Dickey began his college education at Clemson University, but left at the outbreak of World War II to enlist in the United States Army Air Force. His experiences as a fighter pilot provided him with subject matter for some of his best known poems. Dickey subsequently completed both Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Vanderbilt University where among his teachers was the critic Monroe K. Spears who was influential in directing Dickey's interest toward poetry.

James Dickey began writing poetry in 1947, but turned to writing full-time only in 1960 when his first book, Into the Stone and Other Poems, was published. Prior to this, Dickey had worked as a college instructor and as a highly successful advertising executive. In 1966, Dickey was awarded the National Book Award for his second poetry collection, Buckdancer's Choice. He received international acclaim for his 1970 novel and 1972 screenplay, Deliverance. He is the author of more than 17 books of poems and 12 books of prose.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Gift and purchase

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 885, purchase from James Dickey, 1967

Accession number 979, gift of David Smith, 1968

Accession number 1082, purchase from James Dickey, 1969

Accession number 1251, purchase from James Dickey, 1971

Accession number 22975, gift of John Gallogly

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Processed March 1972


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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1954-1970],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books],
[Series 4: Manuscript by Others],
[Series 5: Personal Papers],
[Series 6: Ephemera],
[Series 7: Audiovisual],
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Series 3: Material Toward BooksAdd to your cart.
Arranged chronologically by date of publication.
Sub-Series 1: Into the Stone. Charles Scribner's Sons, Poets of Today VII, 1960Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: Table of Contents, Folder 257Add to your cart.
Typescript, 2 pages
Item 2: Printer's copy, Folder 258Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 6 pages. Published pages 37, 38, 43, 44, 45, taped verso Weselyan University Press stationery. Printers marks throughout. Text, incomplete. Sleeping out at Easter, The Underground stream; and The String
Sub-Series 2: Drowning With Others. Weselyan University Press, 1962Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: Setting copy, Folder 259, 1961: September 20Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 72 pages. Printers marks throughout. Includes half-title page, dedication (not as published), acknowledgement sheet (not as published), title page, acknowledgements and copyright page, table of contents. Text is complete. Sections I, III poems out of order. Sections II, IV in order as published
Sub-Series 3: Helmets. Wesleyan University Press, 1964Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: Draft, Folder 260Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 32 pages. Moderate revision. Originally titled Springer Mountain. Includes autograph list of poems, indicating original place of publication. 16 titles are ticked off, indicating choice for inclusion in Helmets. Eight of these titles were later omitted. Text includes the following which were omitted: Gamecocks; After the Nighth Hunt; The Hanging Bed; Under Oaks; The Lawn; The Kite in Battle; Late September; A Letter; The Crows; The Courtship; Walking the Fire Line; Wall and Cloud; A Poem About Bird-Catching by One Who Has Never Caught a Bird. By Canoe Through the Fir Forest was later changed to Part I of On the Cosawattee
Item 2: Draft, Folder 261Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 56 pages. Text, poems in order as published, complete. Includes dedication, but no other front matter. Light revision. Bound, black spring binder
Box 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Draft, Folder 262Add to your cart.
Item 2: Setting copy, Folder 263Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 59 pages. Printers marks throughout. Includes half-title, title page, acknowledgments and copyright page, dedication, table of contents, and section titles. Text is complete and in order as published
Sub-Series 4: Buckdancer's Choice. Wesleyan University Press, 1965Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Draft, Folder 264Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 55 pages. No revision or correction. Bound, blue spring binder. Includes half-title, dedication, acknowledgements page (which varies from published version), section title: Two Poems of the Air, which includes The Firebombing and Reincarnation II, and section title: Buckdancer's Choice, neither of which is used in published version. Reincarnation II was later omitted. Text includes, not in published order, all poems except Fathers & Sons; Mangham; Dust; and Slave Quarters, and includes two copies each of Gamecock; The Night Pool; and The War Wound. Part I of Fathers & Sons [The Second Sleep] is included as a separate poem. The text includes the following poems which were later omitted; [See J.R.T. Bueno to Dickey, March 9, 1965]: A Letter; Deer Among Cattle; The Head-Aim; Sustainment; Mary Sheffield
Item 2: Draft, Folder 265Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 54 pages. Light revision. Bound, blue spring binder. The Night Pool; and The Shark's Parlous are laid in only. Includes half-title, dedication, acknowledgments, (which differ from published version). Text includes section title: Two Poems of the Air: Text is not in order as published. Includes the following poems later ommitted: A Letter; Deer Among Cattle; The Head-Aim; Sustainment; and Mary Sheffield; and does not include Part II of Fathers and Sons [The Aura]; Gamecock; Dust; and Slave Quarters. Part I of the Shark's Parlous is included, although Part II appeared as the full title
Item 3: Draft, Folder 266Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 40 pages. No revision. Bound, green spring binder. On cover, titled changed to The Fiend. Inside half-title is Buckdancer's Choice. Includes half-title, dedication, section title: Two Poems of the Air. Part II begins with the War Wound. Text includes poems later omitted: A Letter; Drifting; The Head-Aim; Mary Sheffield; and ommits Buckdancer's choice; Part II of Fathers and Sons [The Aura]; Gamecock; The Night Pool; Mangham; Dust; The Fiend; and Slave Quarters. Poems not in order as published
Item 4: Draft, Folder 267Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 54 pages. Contains revision. Bound, blue spring binder. Includes half-title, dedication, and acknowledgments page, which differ from published version. Text, complete and in order as published. Includes 2 versions of Slave Quarters, the second as it appeared originally in The New Yorker. Poem later revised. Poems divided into sections as published
Item 5: Draft, Folder 268Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 54 pages. Contains revision. Bound, blue spring binder. Includes half-title, dedication, acknowledgments, which differ from published version. Text complete, in order as published. Includes 2 versions of Slave Quarters, as above. Poems also divided into section as published
Item 6: Setting Copy, Folder 269Add to your cart.
Typescript, 44 pages. Contains revision. Bound, blue spring binder. Incomplete. Printers markings throughout. Section I title Two Poems of the Air crossed out. Does not include poems Gamecock; The Night Pool; The War Wound
Item 7: Notes, Folder 270Add to your cart.
1 item
Sub-Series 5: Poems 1957-1967. Weselyan University Press, 1967Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Draft, Folder 271Add to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [carbon], 60 pages. Bound, orange paper covers. Originally titled "Falling." Includes title, dedication. Text, complete, including May Day Sermon, but not in order as published. Section divisions correspond. Galley proof of Dark Ones also included
Item 2: Galley proof, May Day Sermon to the Women of Gilmer County, Georgia by a Woman Preacher Leaving the Baptist Church, Folder 272, 1966: December 19Add to your cart.
6 galleys, incomplete. Corrected in Dickey's hand. Located in oversize
Item 3: Galley proof, Folder 273Add to your cart.
140 galleys. Includes title page, copyright notice, dedication, acknowledgments. Text, 6 corrections in Dickey's hand
Sub-Series 6: The Eye-Beaters, Blood, Victory, Madness, Buckhead, and Mercy. Doubleday & Company, 1970Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Setting copy, Folder 274Add to your cart.
Typescript, 52 pages. Printers markings throughout. Half-title, authors page, mock-up of title page, copyright notice, dedication, table of contents. Text, complete
Box 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: Galley proof, Folder 275Add to your cart.
28 galleys. Includes half-title, title page, copyright notice (incomplete), dedication, table of contents. Text, complete. Printers markings throughout
Item 2: Galley proof, Folder 276Add to your cart.
24 galleys. Marked second set - first revised galleys. Includes title page, copyrights, dedication, contents. Text, complete
Sub-Series 7: Self-Interviews. Doubleday & Company, 1970Add to your cart.
Recorded and edited by James and Barbara Reiss
Box 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: Draft - Part One, Chapters 1, 2, and 3, Folder 277Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 88 pages. Revision, correction, suggestions throughout probably in the hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Tape numbers indicated in margins. Note indicates text taken from Tape I, Side 1, and Tape 1, Side 2. Content substantially as published, although later rearranged into chapters and a great deal was later omitted
Item 2: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 1, Folder 278Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 19 pages. Revision, correction, suggestions throughout probably in the hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Note indicates text taken from Tape II, Side 1. Pages numbered 89-107. Tape numbers indicated in margins
Item 3: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 2, Folder 279Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 19 pages. Revision, correction, suggestions throughout probably in the hand of James of Barbara Reiss. Note indicates text taken from Tape II, Side, 2 and Tape III, Side 1. Pages numbered 108-132. Tape numbers indicated in margins. Text is not as published
Item 4: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 3, Folder 280Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 10 pages. Revision, correction, suggestions throughout probably in the hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Tape numbers indicated in margins. Pages numbered 133-142. Additional comments on Springer Mountain were later shifted to Chapter 2
Item 5: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 4, Folder 281Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 23 pages. Revision, correction, suggestions throughout probably in the hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Note indicates text taken from Tape III, Side 2. Tape numbers indicated in margins. Pages numbered 143-165
Item 6: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 5, Folder 282Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 18 pages. Revision, correction, suggestions throughout probably in the hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Tape numbered indicated in margins. Pages numbered 166-183
Item 7: Draft - Part One, Chapter 2, Folder 283Add to your cart.
Typescript, 18 pages. Slight revision and correction, probably in hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Appears to be as published, except pages 14-17 appear to have been later omitted from the book
Item 8: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 3, Folder 284Add to your cart.
Typescript, 12 pages. Slight revision and correction, probably in hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Text appears substantially as published, except the discussion of Scarred Girl differs
Item 9: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 4, Folder 285Add to your cart.
Typescript, 24 pages. Slight revision and correction, probably in hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Text appears as published, although a few sentences omitted or added, phrases substituted
Item 10: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 5, Folder 286Add to your cart.
Typescript, 17 pages. Slight revision and correction, probably in hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Text does not include discussion of May Day Sermon and the concluding paragraphs are not as published
Item 11: Draft - Part One, Chapter 1, Folder 287Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 18 pages. No revision. Appears substantially as published
Item 12: Draft - Part One, Chapter 1, Folder 288Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 18 pages. No revision. Appears substantially as published
Item 13: Draft - Part One, Chapter 3, Folder 289Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 37 pages. No revision. Appears substantially as published
Item 14: Draft - Part One, Chapter 3, Folder 290Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 37 pages. No revision. Appears substantially as published
Item 15: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 1, Folder 291Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 20 pages. No revision. Appears substantially as published
Item 16: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 1, Folder 292Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 20 pages. No revision. Appears substantially as published
Item 17: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 2, Folder 293Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 23 pages. No revision. Appears substantially as published
Item 18: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 2, Folder 294Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 20 pages. No revision. Appears substantially as published
Item 19: Draft - Part Two, Chapter 5, Folder 295Add to your cart.
Typescript [carbon], 8 pages. No revision. Incomplete, includes only end of discussion on Coming Back to America to the conclusion of the book. Appears to be exactly as published. Pages numbered 13-20

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[Series 3: Material Toward Books],
[Series 4: Manuscript by Others],
[Series 5: Personal Papers],
[Series 6: Ephemera],
[Series 7: Audiovisual],
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