Bachelor, Cornell University, 1951. Master of Arts, Cornell University, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1961.
Instructor English Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1959-1961. Member faculty University Pennsylvania, 1961-1970, associate professor, 1968-1970, undergraduate chairman, 1965-1970. Charles Dana professor, chairman English department Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, 1970-1972, professor, dean faculty, 1972-1974.
Professor, chairman English department Kent (Ohio) State University, 1975-1987, now director Center for Literature and Psychoanalysis.
Served with United States Army Air Force, 1946-1947.
Married Jane Hindle, September 3, 1952. Children: Winifred, Katharine, Elizabeth. Married Barbara Berndtson Cole, November 22, 1975.