James Dickey (and Burt Reynolds) in the Library


James Dickey’s 1970 novel Deliverance is one of the most unforgettable best-selling books of the era — although what most of us remember probably is the harrowing 1972 film, for which Mr. Dickey wrote the screenplay.

Washington and Lee alumnus Ward Briggs (’67) recently donated a collection of James Dickey material to the W&L University Library.   A portion of that collection, featuring materials associated with the making of the film — photographs, an original poster, items signed by actors Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight — now is on display on the Main Floor of Leyburn Library.

The display also includes a life-mask of Mr. Dickey (wearing a facial expression slightly different from his appearance as the sheriff in the movie).

The materials donated by Professor Briggs, who is Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics and Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, will reside permanently in the University Library’s Special Collections.   The collection contains an extensive amount of research material about Mr. Dickey, including first editions, criticism, interviews, and more.

For additional information, contact Tom Camden, Head of Special Collections and Archives, or Yolanda Merrill in Leyburn Library.

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