University of South Carolina

Celebrating a new James Dickey poetry edition

By Kathy Henry Dowell, University Libraries,

A program and reception to celebrate the publication of “The Complete Poems of James Dickey,” edited by University of South Carolina professor Ward Briggs and published by USC Press, will take place at 4:30 p.m., March 21, in the Hollings Library.

James DickeyBriggs will talk about the new edition, and Bronwen Dickey, James Dickey’s daughter, will read from her father’s poems. A book signing will follow.

To attend this event, which is free and open to the public, please RSVP by March 18 by phone to 803-576-6016 or email to

Dickey (1923-1997) was an internationally recognized poet and novelist who taught at USC from 1969 as poet-in-residence and First Carolina Distinguished Professor of English until his death. His extraordinary and prolific writing career included “Buckdancer’s Choice: Poems,” (1965), which won the National Book Award, and the novel “Deliverance,” (1970), which was made into a highly successful movie.

The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at USC Libraries is home to numerous Dickey holdings, including his personal library of approximately 15,000 volumes, manuscripts, papers, proofs, correspondence and other personal items. The Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of James Dickey contains more than 400 first and other significant editions, many inscribed; periodicals and reviews; typescripts, including an unpublished early novel; proofs and other material. The Donald J. and Ellen Greiner Collection of James Dickey includes first and other significant editions, many inscribed and in especially fine condition; typescripts and proofs. Additional holdings of periodicals and ephemera, particularly relating to Dickey’s years at USC, are also housed at USC Libraries.

Briggs is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics and Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities Emeritus. At USC, he taught Latin Literature of the Golden Age and the Classical Tradition to undergraduates, and he continues to teach in the South Carolina Honors College.

The March 21 event is sponsored by the Thomas Cooper Society, the volunteer support organization for the University's Thomas Cooper Library. “The Complete Poems of James Dickey” will be available for purchase during this event, and USC Press will offer attendees a 25 percent discount.

The Hollings Library is accessed through Thomas Cooper Library. For driving and parking instructions, visit

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