Bachelor, Carleton College, 1950. Master of Arts, Smith College, 1951. Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1975.
Assistant professor, associate professor, professor Denison University, Department English, Granville, Ohio, since 1980.
Member mission council St. Luke's Church, Granville, since 1988. Member Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Merle E. Brown, August 18, 1952 (divorced 1975). Children: Sarah, Emily, Marianne, Marta.