AB, Meredith College, Raleigh, 1943. AM, University Pennsylvania, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1954.
Teacher, Henderson (North Carolina) High School, 1943-1945; assistant dean to students, Meredith College, Raleigh, 1945-1948; Professor of English, Meredith College, Raleigh, 1956-1993.
Member Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, New Chaucer Society, Browning Institute.