Bachelor in English, Mississippi College, 1949. Master of Arts in English, University Mississippi, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University Mississippi, 1968.
Teacher, English, various high schools, Mississippi/Arkansas, 1949-1961; teacher, English, U. Mississippi, Oxford, 1963-1967; professor, English, Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi, 1967-1972; professor, English, Texas Tech U., Lubbock, 1972-1992.
Member Modern Language Association, National Council Teachers of English, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, S. Center Modern Language Association, Western American Literature Association, Frank Waters Society (program chairman, secretary).
Married Leroy Jefferson McBride, Junior, June 5, 1972.