Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, Smith College, 1944; A.M., Harvard University, 1945.
Teaching fellow, Harvard University, 1945-1946, 48-51; instructor English, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1947-1948; instructor English, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, 1951-1952; executive editor, Harvard University Press, 1958-1966; humanities editor, Harvard University Press, 1966-1973; editor-in-chief, Harvard University Press, 1973-1989, retired; freelance editorial consultant, Cambridge, since 1989. Consultant, panelist National Endowment for Humanities, Washington, 1974-1976, 82-84. Consultant Radcliffe Public.Course, 1991.
Member Modern Language Association (committee scholarly editions 1982-1986), Association American University Presses (chair committee admissions and standards 1976-1977, vice president 1978-1979, chair program committee 1981-1982), Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Edward T. Wilcox, February 9, 1944 (deceased 1998). Children: Thor(deceased), Bruce, Eric, Karen.