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“D” is for Dickey, James (1923-1997)

“D” is for Dickey, James (1923-1997). Poet, novelist, educator. A native of Atlanta, Dickey attended Clemson for one semester in 1942 and then joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in the Pacific as a radar observer. After the war he graduated from Vanderbilt where he received a B.A. and an M.A. Dickey taught at Rice University until recalled for active duty in Korea. After six years as a copywriter in New York and Atlanta advertising firms, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1968 Dickey was appointed the first Carolina Professor at the University of South Carolina, beginning thirty years of a distinguished teaching career. He published widely, including books of poetry, novels, essays and criticism, children’s books, and a few expensive coffee-table books. James Dickey won the National book Award for Poetry in 1965 for Buckdancer’s Choice.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.