AB, Princeton University, New Jersey, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, New Jersey, 1971.
Instructor in English Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1968-1971. Junior research associate Huntington Library., San Marino, California, 1971-1973. Lecturer in English California State University, Los Angeles, 1971-1973.
Assistant professor English Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1974-1977. Assistant professor literature College Misericordia, Dallas, 1977-1978. Assistant professor English East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, 1978-1983, associate professor English, 1983-1988, professor English, since 1988.
Editorial board member Interdisciplinary Studies Literature and Environment, since 2000.
Member Modern Language Association, Association Study Literature and Environment, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Margaret McGregor Best, July 2, 1965 (divorced 1973). Married Virginia Rose Renner, June 18, 1977. Children: Melissa Rose, Erick Renner Waage.