Bachelor magna cum laude, Syracuse University, 1943; Master of Arts in English Education, New York University, 1949; Master of Arts in Literature, New York University, 1973.
Formerly teacher, Hunter College High School, Ramaz School, Marymont College, New York City, to 1983; adjunct assistant professor literature, New York University, New York City, since 1983.
Program chair for docents Brooklyn Museum, 1960-1970, writer docent lectures. Member Cosmopolitan Club, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Benjamin Kissin, July 1, 1950. 1 child, Ruth Helman.