Bachelor, Columbia University, 1964. Master of Arts, Northwestern University, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1969.
Assistant professor english North Carolina Central University, Durham, 1968—1969, State University of New York-Binghamton, 1969—1975. Associate professor, 1975—1988. Professor, 1989—2001.
Distinguished teaching professor, since 2002.
Member of American Association of University Professors (chapter president 1979-1981, treasurer New York state conference 1981-1983, president New York state conference 1988-1990).
Married Elizabeth Taylor Tricomi, August 24, 1968. Children: Albert James, William Taylor, Elizabeth Mary.