James Dickey Papers
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Ser. 1. CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1960, 1962-1970. Boxes 1-3. 933 items. Letters foldered chronologically; undated and unidentified letters, folders 54-59. For list of correspondents, see Index. Work by others retained in Ser. 1 is listed pp. 4-5. Ser. 2-1. SINGLE TITLE POEMS. Boxes 4-12. 201 titles. Drafts foldered alphabetically by title. Approximate date of composition or periodical publication indicated in brackets. Ser. 2-2. ESSAYS. Box 13. 40 items. Includes drafts, notes toward published and unpublished essays on individual works by others and on the nature of poetry, foldered alphabetically by title. Ser. 2-3. REVIEWS, ADDRESSES, TRANSLATIONS. Box 14. 47 items. Includes drafts and notes toward reviews of individual collections of poems; introduction to a reading, [1966]; NBA acceptance speech, 1966; a commencement address, 1965; and translations of five French authors. Each foldered alphabetically by title. Ser. 3. MATERIAL TOWARD BOOKS. Boxes 15-17. 38 items. Arranged by date of publication, as follows: Into the Stone: table of contents, incomplete text; Drowning with Others: setting copy; Helmets: original typescript, final typescript, final typescript with front matter, setting copy; Buckdancer's Choice: 5 typescripts toward complete book, setting copy; Poems 1957-1967: final typescript, galley proof of May Day Sermon..., corrected galley proof; The Eyebeaters...: setting copy, printers galley proof, second galley proof, uncorrected; Self-Interviews: transcriptions from tapes in various stages by James and Barbara Reiss, revised typescripts, photocopies of final typescripts. Ser. 4. MISCELLANY. Box 18. c.34 items. Includes poems by others, copies of theses on James Dickey, photographs, clippings, announcements, miscellaneous notes, etc. ALsS, TLsS, Tss., Ts.[carbons], Mss., Ts.[duplicated], photocopies, printed items.


Single title poems by James Dickey.


First published, 1965 as an Introduction to The Selected Poems..., editedby Morton Dauwen Zabel.


(On the poet as the fully realized man) (Unpublished?)


(Unpublished?) (Possibly a lecture)


(Unpublished?)


First published, 1968, as the Introduction to The Young American Poets, edited by Paul Carroll.


Delivered at Commencement ceremonies, Pitzer College, Claremont, California


Ts. notes, outline, autograph annotations, 1 p.


Ts., no revision, 1 p. (Birth date apparently incorrect, cites 1924)


Ts., light revision, 1 p. ,


Arranged chronologically by date of publication.


Table of contents. Includes Dover: Believing in kings; The Father's body; The red bow; The work of art; The confrontation of the hero; The first morning of cancer; The ground of killing; The anniversary; Genesis; and The swimmer, which were not published as part of the book. The poem, Mindoro, 1944 is originally titled, Poem from an old war. The underground stream, Uncle, and Trees & cattle are not included. The divisions of the book: Family, War, Death & others, and Love are included.


Published pages as they appeared in Into the Stone,..pp. 37, 38, 43, 44, 45, taped verso Weselyan University Press stationery. Part of printers setting copy apparently, printers marks throughout. Text, incomplete. Sleeping out at Easter, The Underground stream; and The String. These 3 poems appear as the first 3 poems in Into the stone section of Poems, 1957-1967.


Weselyan University Press


Setting copy [Sept. 20, 1961] 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.


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 night 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. Bound, brown spring binder.


Text, poems in order as published, complete. Includes dedication, but no other front matter. Light revision. Bound, black spring binder.


Light revision, primarily in punctuation. Bound, red spring binder. Text, poems in order as published, complete. Includes dedication, acknowledgements (with autograph corrections) which vary considerably from published form; table of contents.


Loose sheets. Setting copy. 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.


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.


Light revision. Bound, blue spring binder. Poem 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 aprlour is included, although Part II appeared as the full title.


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.


No revision. Bound, blue spring binder. Includes half-title, dedication, and acknowledgements 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.


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.


No revision. Bound, blue spring binder. Setting Copy. 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.


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.


Galley proof, incomplete. May day sermon to the women of Gilmer County, Georgia, by a woman preacher leaving the Baptist Church [poem] Galley dated [Dec. 19, 1966] Corrected in Dickey's hand.


Galley proof. Includes title page, copyright notice, dedication, acknowledgments. Text, 6 corrections in Dickey's hand.


Setting copy. Printers markings throughout. Half-title, authors page, mock-up of title page, copyright notice, dedication, table of contents. Text, complete.


Galley proof. Includes half-title, title page, copyright notice (incomplete), dedication, table of contents. Text, complete. Printers markings throughout.


Galley proof. Marked second set - first revised galleys. Includes title page, copyrights, dedication, contents. Text, complete.


F1 Part One, Chapters 1, 2, 3. 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.


F2 Part Two, Chapter 1. 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.


F3 Part Two, Chapter 2. 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.


F4 Part Two, Chapter 3. 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.


F5 Part Two, Chapter 4. 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


F6 Part Two, Chapter 5. Revision, correction, suggestions throughout probably in the hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Tape numberes indicated in margins. Pages numbered 166-183.


F7 Part One, Chapter 2. Slight revision and correction, probably in hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Appears to be as published, except pp. 14-17 appear to have been later omitted from the book.


F8 Part Two, Chapter 3. Slight revision and correction, probably in hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Text appears substantially as published, except the discussion of Scarred Girl differs.


F9 Part Two, Chapter 4. Slight revision and correction, probably in hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Text appears as pbulished, although a few sentences omitted or added, phrases substituted.


F10 Part Two, Chapter 5. Slight revision and correction, probably in hand of James or Barbara Reiss. Text does not include discussion ofMay Day... and the concluding paragraphs are not as published.


F11 Part One, Chapter 1. No revision. Appears substantially as published.


F12 Part One, Chapter 1.


F13 Part One, Chapter 3. No revision. Appears substantially as published,


F14 Part One, Chapter 3.


F15 Part Two, Chapter 1. No revision. Appears substantially as published.


F16 Part Two, Chapter 1. No revision. Appears substantially as published.


F17 Part Two, Chapter 2. No revision. Appears substantially as published.


F18 Part Two, Chapter 2. No revision. Appears substantially as published.


F19 Part Two, Chapter 5. 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.


A note on James Dickey's style [essay] Photocopy of galley proof. Autograph note to Dickey, upper left hand corner.


A thesis...Reed College, May 1964 in conjunction with a calligraphic edition of the same title (i.e., The Firebomging, and Reincarnation (II).


Thesis, on the poetry of James Dickey.


Ts.[photocopy], no revision


Ts.[duplicated], no revision


Ts.[duplicated], no revision, 1 p. Signed. (Accompanied by autograph notes signed, n.d.


Ts.[photocopy], no revision


Ts.[photocopy], no revision, 2 pp. (Acompanied by ANS, [Jan. 11, 1968]


Ms., 1 p. Signed.


Ms., 1 p. Signed. Original title: Dark sound of the sea. Revised last


Ts. excerpts. No revision


Ts.[duplicated] draft. Includes summary of writing career, Statement of purpose, list of awards received, list of publications