Bachelor, St. Olaf College, 1974; Master of Arts, University of Chicago, 1976; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Chicago, 1983; postgraduate, Queens' College, Cambridge, England, 1979-1982.
Tutor in college writing committee University Chicago, 1976-1979, teaching intern, 1978. Tutor American literature Cambridge (England) University, 1979-1982. Assistant professor English and religious studies University Wyoming, Laramie, 1983-1989, associate professor, since 1989, director English honors program, 1985—1989, 1992—1993, 2002—2004, since 2008.
President, board directors Plainview Telephone Сompany, Nebraska, Nyecom Telesvcs., Inc. Honorary visiting fellow University Edinburgh (Scotland) Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 1987. Guest lecturer National Endowment of the Humanities summer Institute, Laramie, Wyoming, 1985, Carlyle Society of Edinburgh, 1987, Wordsworth summer Conference, Grasmere, England, 1988, consultant National Endowment of the Humanities.
Elected member Wyoming Council for Humanities, 1992—1996, member executive committee, 1993—1994. Member advisory board Wyoming Center for the Book, since 1995, chair, 2006—2008. Member Peripatetics, since 1989, The Grolier Club, since 2007.
Leader Boy Scouts American, 1999—2005. Member of Modern Language Association (delegate assembly 1991-1993), Guild Book Workers, Bibliographical Society London (honorary treasurer for North America since 2002), Society History of Authorship, Reading, and Public, American Academy Bookbinding, Association Literary Scholars and Critics (life), General Society Mayflower Descendents, The Victorian Institute, Friends of Cambridge University Library. (life), Coleridge Society (life), Friends of Dove Cottage (life), Jane Austen Society North America (life.
Judge essay contest since 2007, Wyoming regional coordinator since 2010), Carlyle Society (life), Wyoming State History Society (life), Tennyson Society (life), Charles Lamb Society, Royal Oak Foundation, American Friends Cambridge University, American Trust for the British Library., Penn Club (London), Queens' College Club (Cambridge), Phi Beta Kappa (representative Triennial Council 1988, president, vice president, secretary Wyoming chapter since 1988, representative Triennial Council 1994, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, Dedicated Service award 1997).
Married Carol Denison Frost, December 21, 1980. Children: Charles William, Ellen Mary.