Bachelor of Arts, University Rhode Island, 1958; Doctor of Philosophy, University Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1966.
Professor, Faculdade de Marilia, Brazil, 1960-1966. Associate professor University Texas, Austin, 1966-1969. Professor Spanish and Portuguese, 1969– chairman department Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1976-1979.
Director National Endowment of the Humanities summer seminar for college teachers, 1980. Director International Symposium on Fernando Pessoa, 1983. Visiting professor (1st class, 3d echelon) Université Haute Bretagne, Rennes, France, 1990.
Served with United States Army, 1952-1954. Member Modern Language Association, American Association Teachers Spanish and Portuguese (executive committee 1992).
Married Dorothea Regel Bresslau, January 7, 1961. Children: Alexander, Cornelia, Roger, Katherine.