AB summa cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1931. AM, Harvard University, 1933.
English instructor, George Washington University, Washington, 1934-1938; English instructor, Rice U., Houston, 1940-1941; drafted, United States Army, 1941; rose through ranks to major, United States Army, 1946; recalled, United States Army, 1951-1956; lieutenant colonel, battalion commander, United States Army Reserve, Anniston, Alabama, 1958-1965; tutor in English, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1946-1948; assistant Professor of English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1948-1951; administrative officer, United States Army Civil Svc., Fort McClellan, Alabama, 1956-1973; textual editor to general editor, Collected Works of R.W. Emerson, since 1975. Member editorial board Collected Works of R.W. Emerson, Harvard University Press, since 1976, general editor, since 1996 (Distinguished Achievement award 1997).
President Friends of the Public Library., Anniston, Alabama, 1981-1996. Board directors United Way of Calhoun County, Alabama, 1974-1977. Member Modern Language Association (inspector committee on scholarly editions), Ralph Waldo Emerson Society (newsletter editor), Retired Officer Association (newsletter editor Northeast Alabama), Society for Textual Scholarship, Association for Documentary Editing, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Margaret Packwood, December 26, 1943 (divorced January 1958). 1 child, Peter Lamborn.