James Dickey papers
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Series 2
Writings by James Dickey
Boxes 93 - 175; BV1-11; OP1-4, 9-12, 16, 17, 19, 29-30

Scope and Content Note

The series includes some of Dickey's earliest literary manuscripts up through the late 1990s. Since most of these manuscripts are undated, a strict chronological grouping has not been possible; instead the manuscripts are arranged by material type. Individual poems are arranged alphabetically by title. If a variant title is known, it is given in brackets and a cross-reference provided. Untitled poems are arranged alphabetically by first line immediately following the titled poems (Boxes 110-111). Unidentified fragments and many early notes for planned poems may be found at the end of series 2.1. Typescripts and proofs of Dickey's published and unpublished collections are also present and have been filed in alphabetical order by title, as have the manuscripts of his novels, Deliverance and Alnilam, and To the White Sea. The novels exist in many drafts, but researchers should not interpret the order of their physical arrangement as the order of their composition. While coherent files of manuscript groups have been kept intact, it has not always been possible to determine the order of composition of individual manuscripts. When it has been necessary to divide a lengthy manuscript between multiple file folders, these original groupings have been noted in the following description. Also present are multiple drafts of Dickey's screenplays for Deliverance and The Call of the Wild, as well as drafts for several projected television projects. In the 1970s Dickey began dictating notes on various subjects into a tape recorder. Transcripts of these recorded notebooks can be found with other early notebooks in Subseries 2.7, and copies of the typescripts with the original tape recordings (when present) are in Series 11.

Arrangement Note

Organized into eight subseries: (2.1) Individual poems, (2.2) Book-length collections, (2.3) Novels, (2.4) Short prose, (2.5) Screenplays, (2.6) Interviews, (2.7) Notebooks, and (2.8) Children's books.

Description of Subseries