Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1923, Master of Arts, 1929. Doctor of Humane Letters, Skidmore College, 1968, Ohio University, 1969. Doctor of Letters, Siena College, 1971.
Instructor Smith College, 1925-1928. Assistant Professor of English, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1929-1935. Counsellor American civilization Harvard, 1938-1939.
Editorial staff New Masses Magazine, 1934-1939.
Chairman radio program Speaking of Books, 1941-1943. Director Corporation of Yaddo, from 1942.
Lecturer Pacific Northwest Writers’ Conference, 1948. Literature consultant New Leader magazine, 1951-1958.
Instructor novel writing New School, New York City, 1955-1958.
McGuffey professor American literature Ohio University, 1967-1968. Contributing editor Saturday Review, 1958-1969.
Married Dorothy Dyer, June 27, 1925.