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James Dickey (February 2, 1923 - January 19, 1997) was a popular American poet and novelist.
Dickey served in the U.S. army in the Second World War, and in the U.S. Air force during the Korean war. Between the wars, he attended Vanderbilt University, graduating with degrees in English and Philosophy, as well as achieving a minor in astronomy. In November 1948, he married Marries Maxine Syerson, and his son, Christopher, was born three years later.
His first book, Into the Stone, was published in 1962.
The poet was invited to read his poem 'The Strength of Fields' at President Jimmy Carter's inauguration in 1977.
With the possible exception of Anne Sexton or Sylvia Plath, for many years there was no greater poet cherished by American cultural society, and indeed the critical acclaim was quite immense and certainly impressive.
James Dickey on died on the 19th of January, 1997, four days after his last class at the University of South Carolina, where he'd been teaching. Dickey spent a few years in and out of hospital, afflicted with first jaundice and later fibrosis of the lungs.