Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Case Institute of Technology, 1959. Master of Arts in English, Case Western Reserve University, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy in English, Case Western Reserve University, 1965.
Project engineer Union Carbide Corporation, Bennington, Vermont, 1959-1961. From assistant to full professor Ohio State University, Columbus, 1965-1977. Professor English University of Colorado, Boulder, 1977-1987.
Aerol Arnold professor University of Southern California, Los Angeles, since 1987. Director summer seminar National Endowment of the Humanities, Columbus, 1973, 75, 79. Consultant Guggenheim Foundation, New York City, since 1984.
Board directors Ohio Program in the Humanities, Columbus, 1974-1977, Colorado Endowment for the Humanities, Denver, 1979-1981. Member Modern Language Association (editorial board, nominating committee, steering committee delegate assembly since 1986), Dickens Society (president 1982), Carroll Society, Tennyson Society.
Married Suzanne S. Moss, December 28, 1962 (divorced September 1978). Children: Anne Meredith, Elizabeth Holly. Married Nita Ann Moots, September 26, 1978.
1 child, Matthew James.