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Deliverance
James Dickey
038531387X
Sept 1994
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Review
"A novel that will curl your toes...Dickey's canoe rides to the limits of dramatic tension."--The New York Times Book Review

"A brilliant and breathtaking adventure."--The New Yorker

"A novel stunning power."--The Nation

"A tour de force."--The New Republic

Review
"A novel that will curl your toes...Dickey's canoe rides to the limits of dramatic tension."--The New York Times Book Review

"A brilliant and breathtaking adventure."--The New Yorker

"A novel stunning power."--The Nation

"A tour de force."--The New Republic

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The Complete Short Stories of Thomas Wolfe
Thomas Wolfe
0020408919
May 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Wolfe's death and a suitable occasion for a retrospective. Of the 58 stories in this volume, 35 have never before been collected, and one, "The Spanish Letter," is published for the first time. Wolfe was not a short story writer; most of these fragments were plucked from his massive manuscripts, and many would be more appropriately classified as essay or memoir. "The Spanish Letter," relating the author's visits to Nazi Germany, strongly condemns the "poisoning" of German culture and society by Hitler and his followers. It's a fine piece, but elsewhere Wolfe's well-known faults are conspicuously displayed. Even one of the best known of these stories, "Only the Dead Know Brooklyn," now embarrasses with its inept attempt to reproduce a Brooklyn accent. The puerile...


Striking in: The Early Notebooks of James Dickey
James Dickey
0826210562
May 1996
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From Library Journal
Covering the early 1950s, these six notebooks chart the beginnings of Dickey's development as a poet and fiction writer. Editor Van Ness, a Dickey scholar, has included ideas for stories and poems, explorations of literary techniques, lists of books read, and allusions to various writers. Several of the longer entries?like those on prosody?provide some insight into Dickey's aesthetics, but too many jottings lack sufficient context to yield meaning, the editor's copious notes notwithstanding. Since Dickey wrote in all of the notebooks simultaneously, Van Ness's decision to present each notebook separately does little to unify the volume. Organizing the material around Dickey's major topics (prosody, literary criticism, notes on his own work, etc.) would have provided a more coherent context. Recommended for...


The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories
Jack London
0140186514
Aug 1993
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Book Description
This collection includes The Call of the Wild and its companion novel, White Fang, as well as all of Jack London's famous dog stories--"Batard," "Moon-Face," "Brown Wolf," "That Spot," and "To Build a Fire." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Wireless Nation: The Frenzied Launch of the Cellular Revolution
James B. Murray
0641516568

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Stone Crop
Jody Gladding
0300055439
June 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
In a lukewarm introduction, Dickey (who chose this unimpressive volume for the Yale Younger Poets prize) praises Gladding's kinship with nature. Moving on to the poems, one finds only the most superficial understanding: "The locust thought / she'd die, she laughed / so hard." Couched within prosaic and labored stanzas, the imagery throughout this book is unspecific, hence cliched. "What's true remains there," she says in another nature poem, describing roots buried under snow. Those few poems that contain concrete images are even less believable: "Little boat, / you can bear us / over the dark, over the broken water" a minuscule poem about pregnancy begins; in another poem she writes: "Under the clothesline / I find a whalebone corset / and try it on." Dickey might have more aptly pointed to Gladding's affinities...


June Tree: New and Selected Poems, 1974-2000
Peter Balakian
0641532628

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Thinking the World Visible
Valerie Wohlfield
0300060181
Sept 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
Several impulses are at war in this first book. Wohlfeld, a talented poet and winner of the 1994 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, establishes certain archetypes as significant for her: sea, moon, Eve, the body. When she writes of these using straightforward images, her verse is original and moving. In "The Uccello" she links Leonardo's interest in flight with the experience of the human embryo. In "The Philosophy of Anatomy," one of her strongest poems, she etches imagery with simple language: "Should I say of the heart: weed/rooted in lung?" But in poems such as "Partial Pages from a Guidebook of Travel to Be Found among the Lost Notes of Copernicus," the writer seems to eschew powerful compression as a strategy. The language veers toward the fantastic without making clear its meaning. Elsewhere, her...


James Dickey Reader
James Dickey
0684864355
August 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Brassy, raw and, at times, enduringly powerful, the poetry of James Dickey (1923-1997) made big waves in the 1960s and '70s; he's now best known for his first novel, Deliverance (1970), a tale of male trauma and violence in the Georgia wilderness and the source of John Boorman's 1972 film. Dickey's other productions include the mammoth novel Alnilam (1987) and several books of criticism. Hart, a professor at the College of William and Mary, has assembled excerpts from all of Dickey's novels, along with his yearning, provocative essays and 116 pages of Dickey's poemsAearly, Roethkeish apprentice stanzas; disturbing, prizewinning '60s poems like "Buckdancer's Choice" and "Power and Light"; and the all-but-unreadable long-lined narratives of Dickey's final phase. Dickey's anguished celebrations of destructive...


Living in the Resurrection
T. Crunk
0300065264
Nov 1995
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A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright
Saundra Maley (Editor)
0374185069
August 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Wright (1927–1980) is well served by his wife and Maley, an English professor specializing in his verse, who have gathered nearly 35 years' worth of correspondence, from his high school graduation to his death. The letters begin in 1946; Wright has already started translating foreign poets into English, informing a teacher that "Catullus is as dear to me as are sleep and music." Through the decades, his rough translations of poets from Rilke to Lorca also find their way into his correspondence. Wright could go on at great length, especially to his closest friends, who included fellow poets such as Robert Bly and James Dickey—in the latter case, only after Wright offered a humble apology for responding angrily to a bad review. Short biographical notes preface each of...


My Shining Archipelago
Talvikki Ansel
0300070314
Mar 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
Robert Hass, Adrienne Rich, John Hollander, and many other excellent poets came to national prominence early in their careers through the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The 1996 winner, chosen by James Dickey, was Talvikki Ansel. Dickey writes that Ansel's poems evoke "the heat, the closeness, the mystery, and the terrible fear of the undisclosed." The writing is beautiful, and often plays with the space between expectation and reality, as in "In Fragments, In Streams." Ansel writes: "Haley's Comet crossed the jungle sky / that April, six mornings in a row / I woke to hike out to a clearing / and never saw it." The constant expectation of "days fading / in and out of showers," the shock of biting into an apple seed ("almond taste / cyanide, the bitter hint, liqueur...


Approaching Prayer: Ritual and the Shape of Myth in A. R. Ammons and James Dickey
Robert Kirschten
0807122475
May 1998
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Struggling for Wings: The Art of James Dickey
Robert Kirschten (Editor)
1570031657
April 1997
Hardcover
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Midwest Book Review
Any college-level student of James Dickey will find this essential to any in-depth study of the author: scholars and writers contribute essays on a variety of topics; from Dickey's early influences and literary development to his critical comparison with other poets. Two new interviews, one with Dickey himself, enhances this collection of reviews, essays and analyses.

Card catalog description
"Struggling for Wings" is a diverse collection of reviews, interviews, and essays on the controversial career of James Dickey, a writer whose work has engendered commentary ranging from high praise to scathing personal attack. Never before collected, the materials in this volume record America's critical response to Dickey, beginning in the early 1960s when he first began publishing...


My Shining Archipelago
Talvikki Ansel
0300070322
Mar 1997
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Book Review
Robert Hass, Adrienne Rich, John Hollander, and many other excellent poets came to national prominence early in their careers through the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The 1996 winner, chosen by James Dickey, was Talvikki Ansel. Dickey writes that Ansel's poems evoke "the heat, the closeness, the mystery, and the terrible fear of the undisclosed." The writing is beautiful, and often plays with the space between expectation and reality, as in "In Fragments, In Streams." Ansel writes: "Haley's Comet crossed the jungle sky / that April, six mornings in a row / I woke to hike out to a clearing / and never saw it." The constant expectation of "days fading / in and out of showers," the shock of biting into an apple seed ("almond taste / cyanide, the bitter hint, liqueur...


To the White Sea
James Dickey
0385313098
Sept 1994
Paperback
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From Library Journal
His bomber hit by anti-aircraft fire, an American gunner must parachute into Tokyo days before the great firebomb raid on that city. Fortunately, this recorded version of Dickey's macho story of survival against the odds is abridged, making the hero more believable and the tale more mesmerizing. The book, unfortunately, contains too many instances of poetic flights of fancy and philosophical baggage for a blood-and-guts action story wherein the hero commits a large number of murders, both necessary and gratuitous. The main focus here is how to escape and how to become invisible in a nation where you are the outsider. Dickey's solution is highly imaginative and entertaining. This production, well narrated by Dick Hill, will appeal to those who love war and adventure stories. Recommended for large popular...


Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World: Equipment, Combat Skills and Tactics
Matthew Bennett
0312348207
December 2005
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Book Description
Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World describes the fighting methods of soldiers in Europe and the Near East in an age before the widepsread use of gunpowder. The book explores the unique tactics required to win battles with the technology available and demonstrates how, in some respects, little has changed of the art of war. Using specially commissioned artwork to illustrate the battles, equipment, and tactics of the era, Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World shows in detail the ways in which armies prevailed over their foes. The book is essential for any reader interested in the realities and means of medieval warfare.


James Dickey: A Bibliography, 1947-1974
Jim Elledge
0810812185
June 1979
Hardcover
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Book Description
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The Red Badge of Courage
Stephen Crane
0451526473
Feb 1997
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Book Description
This Signet Classic edition, published complete from the original manuscripts, includes The Open Boat, The Blue Hotel, The Upturned Face, and The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky.

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