In the fall of 2015, Leyburn Library exhibited works from the Ward Briggs Collection of James Dickey. The exhibit was curated by Yolanda Merrill.
The Ward Briggs Collection of James Dickey was acquired from Dr. Ward Briggs ’67 by the University Library in 2014, and is housed in Special Collections & Archives. It is a treasure trove of resources by and about American author James Dickey. It contains first and signed editions of his work, translations of some of his novels, literary journals, scholarly publications, criticism, letterpress editions of his poetry, photographs, lots of original material on the making of the movie Deliverance, and even the life mask of Dickey.
The University Library, and in particular Special Collections, invites you to research this unique collection.
About the donor:
Ward W. Briggs is the Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics and the Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Briggs has been on the University of South Carolina faculty since 1973 as a professor of classics.
Asides from classics, Virgil in particular, Briggs is interested in the work of his late friend, Southern author James Dickey. Briggs is the editor of The Complete Poems of James Dickey, published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2013. The Ward Briggs Collection of James Dickey consists of materials that Briggs collected over the years and used to prepare his book.