Bachelor, Harvard College, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1965.
Visiting professor of English The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1974—1975. Visiting professor of comparative literature Yale University, New Haven, 1990—1990. Visiting faculty Ny State Summer Writers Institute, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1997—1999.
Visiting professor of English Yale University, New Haven, 2002—2002. Fulbright-Hays professor in American literature University Chile, Santiago, Chile, 1967—1968. Professor of English Stanford University, Stanford, California, since 1965.
Cons./evaluator publications, journals, university departments, foundations, since 1965. Judge American Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Modern Language Association, Helen and Kurt Wolff Literature Prize, 1980—2003. Vice president Center Art Translate, San Francisco, since 2000.
Lieutenant United States Navy, 1958-1961.
Board directors Holocaust Center Northern California, San Francisco, 1979—2003. Member of American Academy Arts and Sciences, Paul Celan Society.
Married Mary Lowenthal, February 19, 1966. Children: Sarah Alexandra, Aleksandr Lowenthal.