Bachelor, Allegheny College, 1948. Master of Arts, Cornell University, 1949. Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1961.
Instructor English State University College New York, New Paltz, 1949-1955, assistant professor, 1955-1957, associate professor, 1957-1962, assistant to president, 1957-1960. Associate professor English Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1962-1968, professor, since 1968, Eliza Kingsley Arter professor English, 1969.
Served with United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Member Modern Language Association, American Association of University Professors.
Son of George Rummel and Katherine (Eastman) M. M. Elaine Hengen, December 23, 1941. 1 daughter, Barbara Lynn.