AB, Harvard, 1920; A.M., Harvard, 1921. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard, 1927.
Instructor English Washington University, 1921-1924. Instructor English, tutor division modern languages Harvard, 1924-1926. Austin resident fellow Harvard (Graduate School), 1926-1927.
Assistant professor English University Wisconsin, 1927-1930, associate professor, 1930-1936, professor, 1936-1969, professor emeritus, since 1969. Research fellow Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 1937-1938, 1969. Distinguished visiting professor English University Delaware, 1963, 1970.
Visiting professor Florida State University, 1970-1971. Visiting member Wisconsin Institute Research in Humanities, 1963-1964.
(Edited, with an Introduction, by Ricardo Quintana)
Served as Second lieutenant, infantry United States Army, 1918. Member Modern Language Association American.
Married Janet Garland MacQueary, April 7, 1928. 1 son, Ricardo Beckwith.