Bachelor, Queens College, 1952. Master of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, 1960.
Doctor of Humane Letters, Illinois College, 1979.
Assistant professor Romance language Hamilton College, Clinton, 1958-1963. Associate professor Spanish, University Illinois, Urbana, 1963-1966. Professor Romance studies Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1966-2000, professor emeritus, 2001—2006.
Visiting professor Columbia University, 1968, Middlebury College, Vermont, 1979, 80, 86, 91, Brigham Young University, 1982, University Colorado, 1989, University California, Berkeley, 91, University California, Irvine, 1994, University California, Los Angeles, 1999, 2000, University California, Riverside, 2003. Consultant National Endowment of the Humanities, 1973-1992, Guggenheim Foundation, 1988-2006. Corporator International Institute in Spain, Madrid, 1972-2006.
With United States Army, 1953-1955.
Member Modern Language Association, International Association Hispanists, International Galdos Association (president), American Association Teachers Spanish and Portuguese.
Married Eva Kronik, December 26, 1955. Children: Theresa J., Geoffrey B. Bachelor of Arts, Queens College.