Bachelor, Southwestern University, 1953. MTh, Southern Methodist University, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, Drew University, 1969.
Assistant minister, Chickasha (Oklahoma) Methodist Church, 1956-1957; director, Ole Mississippi Wesley Foundation, Oxford, 1957-1958; child welfare worker, Oklahoma Department of Welfare, Oklahoma City, 1958-1960; minister, Frenchtown (New Jersey) Methodist Church, 1960-1963; instructor liberal arts, Trenton (New Jersey) Junior College, 1963-1966; professor humanities, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, 1966-1968; Professor of English, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1968-1973.
Vice chair San Diego County Democrats for Gore Vidal for United States Senator, 1982.
Married Ann Hardin, May 22, 1952 (divorced 1971). 5 children; married Stephanie Lindemann Eble, May 3, 1974.