James Dickey was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1923. A pilot in WWII who was recalled during the Korean War, Dickey became a poet and novelist upon returning to the States. His collection Buckdancer's Choice won the National Book Award for poetry in 1966 but his best known work is the novel Deliverance which was made into the film starring Burt Reynolds and Jon Voigt. Dickey was made Poet Laureate from 1966-68. He died in 1997.
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