Party affiliation: Democrat
Newspaper work, teacher preparatory schools, Alabama, Georgia, 1923-1926. Instructor English, Johns Hopkins, 1927-1930. Instructor English, Pomona College, 1930-1932, assistant professor, 1932-1937.
International Research fellow Henry E. Huntington Library, 1937-1938. Associate Professor of English, Northwestern University, 1938-1943, professor, 1943-1950, Morrison Professor of English, 1945-1950. Professor of English, University of California at Los Angeles, 1950-1971.
Visiting professor Tokyo U., summers 1951, 54, Centre Universitaire Mediterranean, summer 1957, U. New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1972-1982. Fulbright lecturer U. London, 1956-1957, U. Copenhagen, 1960, Australia, 1963, Germany and Switzerland, 1964. Guggenheim fellow, 1944-1945.
Senior research fellow Newberry Library, 1966.
Born November 8, 1903