Bachelor of Science in Physics, Case Western Reserve University, 1959. Master of Arts in English, Case Western Reserve University, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University Iowa, 1970.
Instructor, then assistant professor, Washington University, St. Louis, 1968-1973; from lecturer to full professor, University of California, Davis, since 1973.
Treasurer St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Davis, 1982-1987, Davis School Arts Foundation, 1985-1987. Member Modern Language Association.
Married Lynn Danforth, January 19, 1968. Children: Matthew Danforth, Jacob Karl.