“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.