Bachelor, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1952. Master of Arts, University Notre Dame, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1973.
Professor of English,, Chicago State University, since 1968.
Board of directors Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 1987-1993. Member Modern Language Association, George Eliot Fellowship, University of Chicago Alumni Association, Jackson Park Yacht Club (board directors 1988-1989).