Bachelor, Wayne State University, 1953; Master of Arts, Wayne State University, 1955.
Professor of English and American literature, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, since 1956. Judge Edward Lewis Wallant award for outstanding Jewish fiction, since 1985.
With Canada Navy, 1944-1945. Member Modern Language Association, Thomas Wolfe Society (trustee, editorial board 1980).
Married Joyce Wolf, January 25, 1953. Children: Jeffrey, Lynda.