Bachelor, Pomona College, 1956. Master of Arts, University of California at Los Angeles, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, University of California at Los Angeles, 1962.
Assistant professor, Linfield College, McMinnville, 1961-1964;
lecturer, U. Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1964-1967;
senior lecturer, U. Otago, Dunedin, 1968-1974;
associate professor, U. Otago, Dunedin, 1975-1996;
professor, U. Otago, Dunedin, since 1997. Judge New Zealand Book Award, Wellington, 1977, 85. Committee member literature committee Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council New Zealand, 1990-1994.
Advisory board New Zealand Academy for Humanities, Wellington, since 1994.
Clerk Dunedin New Zealand) Monthly Meeting Religious Society of Friends, 1973-1975. Chief examiner Bursaries English, University Grants Committee, Wellington, 1979. Chairman Otokia Branch Labour Party, Brighton, New Zealand, 1985.
Member New Zealand Society Authors, Association New Zealand Literature, Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Marion Elizabeth Walker Moses, August 12, 1956. Children: Eric Kimball, Robin Lynne, Kyle Lawrence.