Bachelor, Trinity College, Dublin, 1964; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford, 1969.
Lecturer University Leeds, England, 1967-1975. Lecturer, reader, professor University York, England, 1976-1983, 84-89. Professor English University Bristol, England, since 1989.
Visiting associate professor Michigan State University, 1973-1974.
Member Keats-Shelley Memorial Association (committee member since 1977).
Married Ruth Helen Thomas, July 24, 1971. Children: Quentin, Lawrence, Susannah.