James Dickey was born in Atlanta. One of America's best known poets and a winner of the National Book Award for Buckdancer's Choice, he is the author of the National bestseller To The White Sea, a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Carolina Professor and Poet-in-Residence at the university of South Carolina.
"You're hooked, you feel every cut, grope up every cliff, swallow water with every spill of the canoe, sweat with every draw of the bowstring. Wholly absorbing [and] dramatic."--Harper's Magazine
"Once read, never forgotten."--Newport News Daily
"How a man acts when shot by an arrow, what it feels like to scale a cliff or to capsize, the ironic psychology of fear: these things are conveyed with remarkable descriptive writing."--The New Republic
"Freshly and intensely alive . . . with questions that haunt modern urban man."--Southern Review
"A fine and honest book that hits the reader's mind with the sting of a baseball just caught in the hand."--The Nation
"[James Dickey's] language has descriptive power not often matched in contemporary American writing."--Time
"A harrowing trip few readers will forget."--Asheville Citizen-Times "A novel that will curl your toes . . . Dickey's canoe rides to the limits of dramatic tension."--New York Times Book Review "A brilliant and breathtaking adventure."--The New Yorker "A tour de force."--New Republic