Bachelor, Queens College, 1951; Master of Arts, Yale University, 1953; Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1968.
Instructor in English, U. Buffalo, 1955-1957; editor, Capricorn Books, G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York City, 1957-1963; editor-in-chief, Noonday Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York City, 1963-1965; associate Professor of English, Southern Illinois U., 1965-1971; Professor of English, Southern Illinois U., 1971-1974; Professor of English, Queens College of CUNY, Flushing, since 1975; Professor of English, Graduate Center, CUNY, since 1981. Exchange professor of University Paris, spring 1982.
Married Mair Tegwen Jones, September 6, 1965. Children: Anne Bronwen, Matthew Aled, Lucy Angharad.