Party affiliation: Democrat
Assistant principal Norton (Virginia) High School, 1923-1926. Principal Amherst (Virginia) High School, 1926-1930. Instructor Beaver High School, Bluefield, West Virginia, 1933-1934.
Dupont research fellow University of Virginia, 1934-1935. Assistant Professor of English, Wesleyan College for Women, 1935-1936. Assistant Professor of English, University of Mississippi, 1936-1938, associate professor 1938-1943, Professor of English since 1943, acting dean graduate school, 1942-1946, dean, since 1946.
Visiting professor American studies U. Madrid, Spain, 1957-1958. President Conference Deans Southern Graduate Schools, 1948-1949. President Southern Literary Festival, 1940.
Born October 28, 1902