Party affiliation: Democrat
Director public relations Presbyn. Dean, 1945-1946; dean U. North Carolina (Graduate School), 1963-1966, provost, 1966-1968, special. Assistant to chancellor, 1972-1978.
Editor: (with others) Short Novels of Thomas Wolfe, 1961, The Yemassee (W.G. Simms), 1961, The World of Thomas Wolfe, 1962, The Thomas Wolfe Reader, 1962, Simms’s View and Reviews, 1962, Garretson Chronicle (G.W. Brace), 1964, Of Time and the River (Thomas Wolfe), 1965, Tucker’s Partisan Leader, 1971. Press (Chairman of the Board govs.
Author 5 detective novels, 1942-1947, (with others) The Development of American Criticism, 1955, (with W. F. Thrall and A. Hibbard) A Handbook to Literature, 4th edit, 1980, (with others) The Southerner as American, 1960, Southern Writers Appraisals in Our Time, 1964, Seven Modern American Novelists, 1964, Thomas Wolfe, 1960, John P. Marquand, 1965, The American Novel Through Henry James, A Bibliography, 1966, 2d edition., 1979, Three Modes of Modern Southern Fiction, 1966, Southern Fiction Today, 1969, Roots of Southern Writing, 1972, The Loneliness at the Core, 1975 (Mayflower Cup award 1975, South Carolina. Excellence in Writing award 1976), The Immoderate Past, 1977, Windows on the World, 1979, also articles in field. Editor: (with others) Short Novels of Thomas Wolfe, 1961, The Yemassee (W.G. Simms), 1961, The World of Thomas Wolfe, 1962, The Thomas Wolfe Reader, 1962, Simms’s View and Reviews, 1962, Garretson Chronicle (G.W. Brace), 1964, Of Time and the River (Thomas Wolfe), 1965, Tucker’s Partisan Leader, 1971.
Co-editor: (with others) The Letters of Thomas Wolfe to His Mother, 1968, Southern Literary Jour, since 1968, Southern Writing, 1585-1920, 1970, (with Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Rubin) Southern Literary Study, 1975. Publicity director South Carolina. Council National Defense, 1942-1944.
Trustee, chairman of the executive committee Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Study, from 1975. Trustee, vice president National Humanities Center, from 1975. Academy coordinator 2199th BU. United States Army Air Force, 1943-1945.
Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member North Carolina University Press (Chairman of the Board Governors 1957-1973), College English Association, S. Atlantic Modern Language Association, Modern Language Association (chairman American literature section 1970), American Studies Association, National Council Teachers English, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Phi.